Rialto (2019)

Colm is in his mid-40’s, married, has two teenagers and has never gotten over the death of his father. He doesn’t get along with his own son and his job is falling apart while his wife has no real interest in him. You can see why he’d drift into another world and find comfort in the hidden sex he has with a prostitute named Jay. This is his story.

Between drinking and risky sex, Colm (Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, Thanos’ henchman Ebony Maw in the last two Avengers movies) finds something in Jay (Tom Glynn-Carney, Dunkirk) that he can’t find anywhere else. Whether or not his life emerges in one piece doesn’t matter any longer.

Based on the play Trade, a play written by Irish playwright and screenwriter Mark O’Halloran (GarageAdam & Paul), this is another very human movie from Peter Mackie Burns, whose Daphne was another tale of a life in crisis that needs a major change. The sex between the men isn’t even about sex or money or power by the end, but the shared need of a moment that allows them escape the pressures of being men, of being fathers, of expectations and worries and disappointments.

Rialto will release to digital cinemas Friday, September 18 and on demand and on DVD Tuesday, October 20. We were sent a copy by its PR agency, but that has no bearing on our review.

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