1h 30min | Drama | 2 October 2020 (Ireland)
Colm is in his mid-forties, married, with two teenage children. Still grieving the death of his father, a destructive gure in his life, Colm struggles with his relationship to his own son, whilst at work a recent takeover threatens his job. Unable to share his vulnerability with his wife, Colm’s world is falling apart around him. In the midst of this crisis, Colm solicits sex from a young man called Jay. This encounter and his growing infatuation has a deep effect on Colm. He finds a comfort in Jay that no one else can provide.
Tom Vaughan-Lawlor (“Colm”) is a forty something dock manager from the port of Dublin who has a scary encounter with a young man in the toilet of shopping centre and ends up being robbed. Next day the young man “Jay” (Tom Glynn-Carney”) turns up in his office to extort even more from him. “Colm” has a drink problem, has recently lost his father, is facing redundancy and is trapped in a loveless (certainly sexless) marriage and has a diffident, recalcitrant son. All this contrives to drive him towards an emotionally addictive relationship with his erstwhile mugger. The whole thing is a bit rough around the edges, but the two leads perform strongly and we get a slight inkling as to what drove both men to where they are now. Don’t expect a conclusion; there isn’t one – and it does wallow a little in confused self-pity as only us Celts can – but it is worth a watch.
Director: Peter Mackie Burns
Writer: Mark O’Halloran
Stars: Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, Tom Glynn-Carney, Monica Dolan
Country: Ireland | UK
Release Date: 2 October 2020 (Ireland)