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Colm Meaney, Colin Morgan and Milka Alroth

Rated: No rating 
Reviewed by: Jim  
Release date: November 30, 2012 Released by: OLIVE FILMS

This Irish import drifting into some markets is a modest, if timely stereotypical tale about a seaside bumbling stagnant Dublin unemployed clock-repairing resident, Colm Meaney's Fred Daly.
Parked revolves around the way middle-aged Fred gets around to getting out of his Mazda 66 vehicle thanks to similar auto-resider 21-year-old music-blaring and drug-addled Cathal (Colin Morgan).
A little enjoyment for the finer things in life is in order for a reticent Fred as Cathal by way of the local pool  (where Fred stays out of the deep end) as Cathal points him towards a widowed Finnish piano teacher Juliana, an ebullient Milka Alroth. Meanwhile, Fred becomes a father-figure for the younger adult who has chosen a criminal life and has become estranged from his biological dad.
Tyro filmmaker Darragh Byrne strains on character depth as well as trying to blossom an oft-used storyline surrounding mid-life catalysis. One can look to the recent crowd-pleasing art-house hit The Intouchables to see how story and characterizations can gel into convincing complex whole.
Meaney excels more so in this unexpected relationship than Morgan who has to manage between jocular insouciance and the struggles that go with a life of addiction. Yet, there is a certain pungency in their scenes that occasional reward even if Byrne and his scenarist don't have the wiles to make the jejune more appealing.
If a mainly garaged and predictable Parked is unable to meander with a little more panache that might have made for a more eye-opening older coming-of-ager, it easily embodies a chilly, wistful atmosphere of an economically depressed Dublin from its nocturnal and watery sight lines.

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Parked        C+                     C+ 

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