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Glassland (2014)

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Set in Dublin, 'Glassland' tells the story of a young taxi driver who gets tangled up in the world of human trafficking while trying to save his mother from drug addiction.

Director:

Gerard Barrett

Writer:

Gerard Barrett
2 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Toni Collette ... Jean
Will Poulter ... Shane
Jack Reynor ... John
Michael Smiley ... Jim
Ally Ni Chiarain ... Woman in Taxi
Joe Mullins ... Taxi Driver
Shashi Rami Shashi Rami ... Dr. Shakra
Laura Byrne Laura Byrne ... Head Nurse
Dairíne Ní Dhonnchú ... Bridie (as Darine Ní Dhonnchadha)
D.J. McGrath ... Paul DVD Clerk
Nikki Wong ... Girl in Car
Kian Murphy Kian Murphy ... Bike Kid
Melissa Maria Carton Melissa Maria Carton ... Shane's Ex
Gary Ó'Nualláin Gary Ó'Nualláin ... Frank
Graham Earley Graham Earley ... Angry Neighbour
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Set in Dublin, 'Glassland' tells the story of a young taxi driver who gets tangled up in the world of human trafficking while trying to save his mother from drug addiction.

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Sometimes hope begins with sacrifice. See more »

Genres:

Drama

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Country:

Ireland

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 March 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pasunea See more »

Filming Locations:

Dublin City, Ireland

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Budget:

€250,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Toni Collette filmed her scenes in the film over six days. See more »

Soundtracks

Tainted Love
Written by Ed Cobb
Performed by Soft Cell
Published by Embassy Music Corp
By kind permission of Music Sales Creative
Courtesy of Virgin (EMI)
Under license from Universal Music Operations Ltd
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Love Without Sex, Crime Without Violence
31 January 2015 | by SLUGMagazineFilmsSee all my reviews

Glassland is both a love story without sex, and a crime story without violence—a decided anomaly among just about every other film about life in an Irish slum. The love is between an overworked cabdriver named John (Jack Reynor) and Jean (Toni Collette), his alcoholic mother. As Jean drinks herself closer and closer to the grave, John's desperation to get his mother into a rehabilitation clinic despite their poverty leads him to question his own moral boundaries. Glassland is a melancholy, understated look at the combination of poverty and self-destruction that is so common in our society. Collette delivers a performance that jumps back and forth between snarling addict and penitent matriarch, and Reynor captures the pain and frustration of seeing a loved one spiral out of control. Despite the powerful performances by the film's actors, the film suffers from pacing issues that occasionally derail the film's momentum and muddle the narrative. Regardless, Glassland is a refreshingly modest take on issues that are typically addressed with more gratuitous filmmaking. –Alex Springer


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