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Rialto

The latest film from Daphne director Peter Mackie Burns offers a plaintive portrait of a life in crisis.

Middle-aged Dubliner Colm has recently lost his father and is now facing the prospect of redundancy. He is married with two children but feels increasingly adrift and vulnerable and then he meets teenage rent boy Jay. It is the start of a complex relationship in which the sex is secondary to the sense of comfort and connection that Colm feels in Jay’s company.

A beautifully understated, compassionate drama.