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Without the mohawk or the “you lookin’ at me” iconography, this Irish drama follows taxi driver John (Jack Reynor, of Transformers: Age of extinction and A Royal Night Out) as he battles with the demons of addiction. Not his own, but rather the vices of his alcoholic mother, Jean (Toni Colette, About a Boy, Changing Lanes). A loving son, he cannot bear the deterioration of his Ma’s health and does everything within his power to get her the rehabilitation she so desperately needs.

With some powerful performances, this melancholic portrayal of a family in turmoil achieves its goal without resorting to gratuity, it is almost disturbingly realistic. Whether you have been unfortunate enough to have witnessed a loved one lose control of their life through addiction or not, you cannot fail to be touched by the despair of such a situation. Look out for Colette’s ability to move from aggressive addict to doting mother and Reynor’s genuine pain at the predicament he finds himself in. I think you might have to be in the mood for this one; I’m not sure what that mood is, but probably not the best before a night out on the booze…

Glassland screens at the Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle from Friday 29th May.

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