Colm (Tom Vaughan-Lawlor) is in his mid-forties and married with two teenage children. Still grieving after the recent the death of his father, a destructive figure in his life, Colm finds himself struggling in his relationship to his own son.
To make matters worse, recent takeover at work has threatened his job. Unable to share his vulnerability with his wife, Colm’s world begins falling apart around him. In the midst of this crisis, he solicits sex from a young hustler named Jay (Tom Glynn-Carney).
This unexpected encounter – and his growing infatuation – has a deep effect on Colm. He finds a certain comfort in Jay that no one else can provide. When Jay shows up at Colm’s work demanding even more money and threatening to expose his secrets, Colm’s self-destructive fantasies get the better of him.
Directed by Peter Mackie Burns and based on a stage play by Mark O’Halloran, Rialto is a hard-hitting Irish drama about repressed sexuality and all of the ways it can disrupt a seemingly normal life.