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The Glass Man -- From the outside, Martin seems to have the perfect life. On the inside, however, his world is falling apart. He gets fired from his job, his wife suspects he’s having an affair, and he owes money to the wrong people. One fateful night a loan shark comes to collect what he is owed and offers an ultimatum –be his accomplice for the evening or lose everything. As they hurtle towards the terrible deed that Martin must perform, it becomes clear that Martin’s entire existence will be shattered beyond repair.


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4 September 2013 (Argentina) See more »
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The chilling story of a middle class man whose desperate weathering of the current economic crisis ends with the arrival one night of a debt collector with an offer that surely cannot be turned down. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Cristian Solimeno 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Cristian Solimeno 

Produced by
Paul Fournel .... executive producer
Paul Fournel .... producer
Bruce Melhuish .... producer
Dan Philps .... executive producer
Cristian Solimeno .... producer
Original Music by
Oli Newman 
Cinematography by
Bruce Melhuish 
Film Editing by
Cristian Solimeno 
Casting by
Sandy Tedford 
Art Direction by
Rosanna Westwood 
Makeup Department
Nicky Lissner .... daily makeup artist
Jennifer Nash .... makeup artist
Art Department
James Card .... set dresser
Ben Hamilton .... stand-by art director
Sound Department
Michael J. McDonald .... re-recording mixer
Michael J. McDonald .... supervising sound editor
Chips Paul .... re-recording mixer
Paul Schwartz .... sound
Dylan Voigt .... boom operator
Special Effects by
John Barker .... armourer
Visual Effects by
Seb Barker .... visual effects supervisor
Adam Vrijland .... visual effects artist
Camera and Electrical Department
Vishal Bharadia .... still photographer
Simon Firsht .... steadicam operator
Andrew Lawrence .... "b" camera operator
Andrew Lawrence .... first assistant camera
Nick Lill .... still photographer
Bruce Melhuish .... camera operator
Lander Olabarri .... second assistant camera
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Nikkie Alsford .... costumer
Antonia Hurley .... costumes
Location Management
James 'Fingers' Buxton .... location manager
Music Department
Daniel Benn .... musician
Emily Benn .... musician
Kat Starr Johnson .... vocals
Oli Newman .... musician
Transportation Department
Junior Ifill .... driver
Other crew
Laurie Cooke .... legal services
Richard Holmes .... consultant
Dean Kyte .... director's assistant
Harry Thornbory .... titles designer
Dawit Adenager .... special thanks
Kaleem Aftab .... special thanks
Sacha Bennett .... special thanks
Keith Boak .... special thanks
Charlie Condou .... special thanks
Abby Essien Cosgrave .... special thanks
Greg Day .... special thanks
Christine Fournel .... special thanks
Roger Fournel .... special thanks
Eddie Hamilton .... special thanks
Jennifer Handorf .... special thanks
Ben Hassan .... special thanks
Linda Hendy .... special thanks
Trammell Hudson .... special thanks
Alan Jones .... special thanks
Gary Kingham .... special thanks
Paul McEvoy .... special thanks
Grayson McRae .... special thanks
Helena McRae .... special thanks
Pete Moore .... special thanks
Macy Nyman .... special thanks
Preston Nyman .... special thanks
Sophie Nyman .... special thanks
Tanaya Philips .... special thanks
Mikaela Polley .... special thanks
Ian Rattray .... special thanks
Stuart Reed .... special thanks
Luis Rivera .... special thanks
Jana Shultz-Buhr .... special thanks
Leon Smith .... special thanks
Marie Solimeno .... special thanks
Sarah Storey .... special thanks
Amanda Thompson .... special thanks
Marcus Thompson .... special thanks
Terry Usher .... special thanks
Dominic Weaver .... special thanks
Vincent Wilde .... special thanks
Jan Wilson .... special thanks

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Julie Pyrite:I know when I'm being lied to, and something feels very wrong here.
Martin Pyrite:Your imagination is trying to turn one thing into another.
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Grant permission for your head to explode, 6 September 2015
Author: bob_meg from United States

It's been a long strange journey for Christian Solemeno's The Glass Man to finally hit a wider market, but man, is it worth the wait.

This is a mesmerizing jigsaw of a movie, literally right from the start, and it's hard to provide a plausible reason for that --- there are no explosions, shootings, or jarring acts of violence. Just mild-mannered Martin, played with spot-on brilliance by Andy Nyman, having his morning shave and unable to figure out why his window keeps banging open.

Martin is an upper-middle class man who seems to have everything: he's gone to the right schools, gotten the right jobs, has a beautiful primly posh wife (Neve Campbell with a drop-dead gorgeous Brit accent), and all the accessories that go with it (first-edition books, spotless house, luxury car, bespoke suit). Only one problem --- he's in danger of losing all of it. His bank account's 15k in the hole and he's behind on his mortgage to an almost equal sum. His wife knows nothing of any of this as Martin keeps everything from her.

Doesn't seem like thrilling stuff, but it is and that's mostly due to Nyman and the bubbling cauldron of rage and frustration he keep shifting upon, trying in vain to hold it all down. He does such a good job with this that he makes a character appealing who, on the surface, should be shallow, vapid, and worthy of mockery. Yet the maddening situations he continually encounters are all too familiar to most of us, and that's to Solimeno's great writing credit. You really do care about Martin and wonder how in the hell he'll manage this mess.

But then it gets messier. Literally in the middle of the night, there's a knock on his door, and a guy by the name of Pecco shows up (veteran James Cosmo in a flawless, effortless performance). Pecco says he's taken on the debt of an old prep school chum of Martin's who's OD'd. Since Pecco's the size of a small mountain, Martin has no choice but to let the guy in his house and he begins to... negotiate, finally taking Martin out into the night in an odyssey that is by turns terrifying, hilarious, and always fascinating. It reminded me a bit of the nightmarish ordeal Scorsese took Griffin Dunne on in "After Hours." I'm not giving away anything else but suffice to say that things just get odder and more bizarre, almost to the point of being nonsensical --- until you start to piece together what you've been so entranced by thus far. And that's the beauty of this movie. It really takes you for a ride --- I can't remember moving or looking at the clock once.

Solimeno has crafted a real work of art with this picture, and it feels almost like a great stage play at times. Cosmo and Nyman play the absurdity card as deftly as two veteran sharks in Vegas, with the expected dry crispness of classic British humor that swerves easily between satire and farce. Solimeno even puts in a cameo appearance as another one of Martin's school friends, now a huge cinema star who's being stalked by an utter psycho who seems... huh, awfully familiar.

But enough. Go see the Glass Man. Hell, buy it. You'll watch it more than once and you won't regret it. It's one of the most ingenious films of the year.

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