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Rialto (2019)



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At 46, Dubliner Colm (Tom Vaughan-Lawlor) has a comfortable life: a managerial job in the city's docks, two healthy teenage children, and a kind, loyal wife in Claire (Monica Dolan). After the death of his father, a destructive figure, Colm's emotional life cracks open, and his downward spiral continues when he is made redundant. Drinking heavily and unable to confide in Claire, Colm finds himself drawn to Jay (Tom Glynn-Carney), a 19 year-old who dabbles in prostitution. Their sexual encounters and tentative friendship become Colm's only solace from the pressures he feels -- but this recklessness puts his family-life at risk.

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Critic Reviews for Rialto

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (6)

The end result is suffocating and dislocating. That was almost certainly the intention.

October 16, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Peter Mackie Burns's painful, unhappy drama packs a hard punch; you must steel yourself for the emotional blows.

September 30, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
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Peter Mackie Burns realises that an elliptical cut can be just as powerful as a fistfight or shouting match, and an ambiguous final shot more satisfying than a pat conclusion.

November 22, 2019 | Full Review…

"Rialto" builds an intimate portrait of masculine crisis, illuminated by two extraordinary central performances, but stops just short of converting all that insight into truly powerful cinema.

September 27, 2019 | Full Review…

This story of real-life misery could play out in many different ways but few would go in the specific direction of Peter Mackie Burns' Rialto, or would tell the story quite as delicately.

September 9, 2019 | Full Review…

Vaughan-Lawlor is the real star, with his sweet, sympathetic and loving performance the heart of the film.

September 6, 2019 | Full Review…

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