Rialto

Director: Peter Mackie Burns

Courtesy of: Madman Entertainment | Drama | Gay | Premiere | Unclassified 18+ | 90 | Ireland, UK | 2019

Synopsis

AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE

Life for 46-year-old Colm seems comfortable – he works on the Dublin docks and is happily married with two kids. But after his father’s death, his life is spun off-balance and he starts seeing 19-year-old rent boy, Jay. This secret life forces Colm to be withdrawn from his family but with Jay he’s open and emotionally raw. However, for Jay, who has a young child, it’s purely financial, but the sex and conversations provide a cathartic release for Colm. But for how long can he keep continuing his reckless behaviour?

Premiering at the Venice Film Festival, Rialto, the second film from Peter Mackie Burns (Daphne), is a compelling story of a man whose life is coming apart at the seams. An honest and unflinching modern queer classic.


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Review

A middle-aged family man undergoes a crisis of masculinity and sexuality in Peter Mackie Burns’ brilliantly performed Dublin-based drama. – Variety

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