Fred lives a quiet, isolated life in his car, having lost all hope of improving his situation. That all changes when he forms an unlikely friendship with Cathal, a dope-smoking 21-year-old with a positive attitude, who becomes his ‘neighbour’. Sharing laughs, and the hard times too, Fred and Cathal find the simple, free pleasures of life.

Cathal is determined to make Fred sort his life out, and it works. Fred modifies his car, beats the welfare system and makes a friend in Jules, an attractive music teacher who lives alone nearby. But Fred struggles with his pride to tell Jules about his ‘home’, and Cathal’s life is threatened by his escalating drug habit. As they grow closer, the influence of these three outsiders on each other will change their lives.

PARKED is triumphant story of friendship, hope, and perseverance.


Possibly the gentlest, sweetest movie about junkies and homelessness you’re ever likely to see, Darragh Byrne’s stripped-down debut brims with charm. Packing two terrific turns and an offbeat spirit, this coming-of-middle-age comedy is an unexpected treat.
- Total Film
Everyone's favourite Meaney is probably The Snapper's Dessie Curley (or maybe Intermission's Clannad-loving detective), but Fred is a different Meaney. It's a Meany is quiet mode, turning everything down in a real introspective performance. A real find is Colin Morgan, who brings a wiry, jittery energy to complement Meaney's understatement.

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