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Park (1999)

Catherine goes to a local park to meet up with a school friend. The friend is not there, and Catherine spends the morning looking for her, with the help of the elderly park-keeper to whose ... See full summary »

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John Carney, Tom Hall

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John Carney
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Cast

Cast overview:
Des Nealon Des Nealon ... Park-keeper
Claudia Terry Claudia Terry ... Catherine Irving
Jayne Snow Jayne Snow ... Psychiatrist
Pat Laffan
Aidan Walsh Aidan Walsh
Derek Young Derek Young
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Catherine goes to a local park to meet up with a school friend. The friend is not there, and Catherine spends the morning looking for her, with the help of the elderly park-keeper to whose stories she listens all the while. Several years later, Catherine's life takes a dark turn.

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Ireland

Language:

English

Filming Locations:

Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland

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Overwrought and pointless
11 January 2008 | by lexo1770See all my reviews

Park is indeed a memorably bad film. The acting is inexplicably over the top, the story is tortuous and hard to work out, and the point seems to be that a girl was sexually abused, although there are so many weird abstract movie-making things going on that you can't really tell. There's a lot of people looking out of windows with melancholy expressions, and a creepy park-keeper (Des Nealon, a wonderful stage actor) getting all hot and heavy about a cute teenage girl, who herself spends much of the film looking glum and/or resigned to the fact that she's in a turkey.

But what's strangest of all about it is that the director, John Carney, went on to make 'Once', the award-winning, effortlessly assured sort-of-love story about the Irish busker and the Czech street vendor. It's a lesson to us all - no matter how bad a movie you make early on, it doesn't mean you won't go on to make a gem later.


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