This second feature by Daphne director Peter Mackie Burns is a nuanced and deeply cinematic portrait of a middle-aged Dublin man disintegrating on all fronts.
Dir Peter Mackie Burns
Prod Alan Maher, John Wallace, Tristan Goligher, Valentina Brazzini
Scr Mark O’Halloran
With Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, Tom Glynn-Carney, Monica Dolan
Sales The Bureau Sales
With English subtitles
Dublin-based fortysomething Colm (Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, superb) is married with two older children and a long-term job at the docks. But his placid facade masks a psyche that’s rapidly disintegrating. A recent takeover threatens his future employment, his teenage son treats him with disdain and he’s grieving the death of his own, emotionally destructive father. Colm has also become infatuated with sex worker Jay (Tom Glynn-Carney), while avoiding contact with his wife Claire (Monica Dolan, as brilliant here as she is in our Laugh strand selection Days of the Bagnold Summer). Working from Mark O’Halloran’s nuanced screenplay, Peter Mackie Burns has crafted a rich, cinematic and multi-layered portrait of a mid-life crisis, with Rialto’s visual incisiveness accentuated by its tense, enveloping sound design.