Parked review

A simple two-piece drama offers some stunning turns from its leads

Returning to recession-era Ireland with nothing but his car, unemployed loner Fred (Colm Meaney) finds a spot with a view and cranks back the front seat.

He shares his quiet car park with teenage drop-out Cathal (Colin Morgan – a long way from TV’s Merlin), and the two ‘neighbours’ strike up an unlikely friendship.

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.

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