This year has made it very difficult for some films to get distributed with cinema closures and the exclusivity of streaming services. However, no film has had a more difficult time getting distributed than The Glass Man.
Originally filmed in 2011 on an incredibly small budget, Cristian Solimeno’s film is finally being released after a rights dispute blocked it from doing so. The film tells the story of Martin Pyrite, played by Ghost Stories’ Andy Nyman, an upper class man who finds himself heavily in debt, without a job and with a terrible reference to boot. Martin can’t bring himself to tell his wife, Julie, played by Scream’s Neve Campbell, who suspects he may be cheating.
One night an intimidating man named Pecco, played by James Cosmo, knocks on the door stating that Martin owes him money, or helps him with a couple of things that night. Out of options and reeking of desperation, Martin agrees to help this sinister stranger until sun rise. The film documents the evening’s events and the slow unraveling of Martin’s mental state, it’s a shame that the film seems to fall apart with him.
First things first, this film is a real low budget film to the point of looking and feeling like a student film. This will put many off, as it did me initially due to a horrendous use of ADR. But if you are able to push past that student like exterior, I’m afraid you’ll also find a student like interior.
The film features a number of conventions commonly found in British student films such as; heavily expositional dialogue, several references to tea and biscuits and extreme and irrational character responses. The Glass Man is a very slow and minimalist film that is heavy on dialogue, however the dialogue isn’t exactly well written and despite an attempt at complex shots and long shot durations, most scenes don’t will fail to maintain the audience’s interest.
This being said, the film does have its saving graces, primarily in the performance of James Cosmo. Cosmo is a truly threatening presence and delivers a performance better than the film around him. The film also portrays some aspects of Martin’s mental breakdown rather creatively, however a few cool shots and ideas aren’t enough to save this psychological slog.
Overall, The Glass Man is feature length student film featuring a surprisingly big cast, but containing little of anything else. Lacking a pulse and leaning heavily on dialogue that feels lazily written, The Glass Man feels very much like its protagonist, up shits creek without a paddle or anyone to acknowledge it.
The Glass Man will be available on Sky Store, Apple/ iTunes, Google Play, YouTube and Amazon from 7th December