Reviews

“4 stars – 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
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“Though shot quickly and on a small budget, Parked is laced with humanity, beautifully photographed by John Conroy and filled with deft cinematic touches; not least Niall Byrne’s evocative score.”

RTE.ie
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“4 stars – Casting the gregarious Colm Meaney against type, Byrne has also made a real discovery in Northern actor Colin Morgan, who will surely be on casting agents’ speed dial on evidence of his performance here”

Sunday World
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“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.”

Entertainment.ie
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“The emotional impact is heightened by the phenomenal performances from two serious acting powerhouses. Meaney imbues Fred with a sense of stoic dignity and a tremendous heart of gold, with a complex mix of impotent rage at the system and a strong desire for normality bubbling away underneath. Cathal is, in many ways, the yin to Fred’s yang. Morgan plays the part with youthful energy and cockiness, whilst injecting him with drug-addled, jittery intensity. Exchanges between the two characters positively crackle and fizz, a tremendous sense of camaraderie coming through.”

Culture Northern Ireland
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“Colm Meaney gives an exceptional performance as Fred, who despite the various difficult situations he finds himself in, never fails to lose his humanity, or indeed his good humour.  However, the stand out performance is Colin Morgan as Cathal, who will actually break your heart.”

Culch.ie
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“Colm Meaney turns in a stellar performance as the stand-up Fred Daly and Colin Morgan sheds any likeness to his television role as Merlin and creates a memorable drug addict that will break your heart. Darragh Byrne’s debut feature is a triumphant tale of hope and perseverance.”

James Faust, Dallas Film Festival
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