The Glass Man, originally released at Frightfest (2011) to critical acclaim is finally getting its long awaited UK release on UK digital download platforms from December 7th. It is a dark psychological tale from director Christian Solimeno (I Made This For You) that tackles the breakdown of Martin (Andy Nyman – Ghost Stories) after he loses his job and the impact it has on his relationship with wife Julie (Neve Campbell – Scream).
Directed and also featuring Christian Solimeno the story focuses on an affluent middle class businessman Martin and his beautiful wife living in their lovely home, but after he loses his job he can’t face telling her about their financial problems and gets himself deeper and deeper into trouble. He receives an unexpected call from a debt collector heavy, Pecco (James Cosmo – Braveheart), and realises he doesn’t have much choice in doing what the heavy wants to clear his debts, which is to go on a job with him that evening.
The film shows the easy disintegration of the perfect home lifestyle and the lengths people will go to in order to maintain their way of life. Inside the couple’s lovely home we see Martin getting ready for work, having breakfast with his wife, but on opening the mail there’s the first sign of the financial trouble looming and whilst wanting to show a strong exterior, the bills keep coming in. At work, the rejection from his colleagues is chilling and he is unceremoniously given his marching orders by his boss Anton (Don Warrington – Rising Damp) and it begins to look like a dark version of The Office as things start to unravel for Martin.
With a largely UK cast, both Nyman and Campbell play their roles believably well, although recognising Campbell as the horror icon she is from Scream there seems a slight mismatch here playing the doting wife to Nyman’s failing business exec. James Cosmo (Braveheart) is brilliant as the menacing London tough guy Pecco and Don Warrington plays a great cameo appearance as Martin’s incensed boss. The film looks to bring some lighter comedic moments with an air of inside gags especially from director / actor Christian Solimeno having fun with the medium’s boundaries playing Martin’s actor friend Toby, who’s having stalker problems whilst still insisting on fussing over Martin and whether he wants a cup of tea or not.
Its strength and weakness lies in its understated chilling tone in showing the psychological problems arising through financial difficulties and the effects they can have on individuals and their family, friends and work. The director, Christian, who recently released the film I Made This For You about suicide, seems to be a crusader for highlighting mental health problems through his film projects and this is another timely release that brings to light mental health issues in an understandable and entertaining way.
Film: The Glass Man
Director: Christian Solimeno
Stars: Andy Nyman, James Cosmo, Neve Campbell
Genre: Drama / Thriller
Run time: 1hr 48min