People who no longer have a house but live permanently in their car: in America there are now so many of them that a term has been invented, the ‘mobile homeless’. It is also apparently an increasingly common phenomenon in Europe, even though there are no official figures. The Irish feature debut Parked is about one such homeless man.
Fred Daly (a rare leading role for supporting actor Colm Meaney) lives in his nondescript car in a car park by the coast. He is shut off from the world, until the ever-positive drug addict Cathal parks his little yellow car beside Fred’s.
Under the influence of Cathal, Fred slowly emerges from his shell: he decorates his car like a real house and cautiously makes overtures to the attractive music teacher Juliana. But Cathal is speedily overtaken by his drug use. Finally, both men get stuck in their lives without being able to go into forward or reverse gear.
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Filmmaker
Darragh Byrne
Country
Ireland, Finland
Year
2011
Medium
35mm
Length
90’
Language
English
Producer
Dominic Wright, Jacqueline Kerrin, Aleksi Bardy
Production Company
Ripple World Pictures, Helsinki Filmi Oy
Sales
The Yellow Affair
Writer
Ciaran Creagh
Cinematography
John Conroy
Editor
Guy Montgomery
Production Design
Owen Power
Sound Design
Kirka Sainio
Music
Niall Byrne
Cast
Colm Meaney
Website
http://rippleworld.com