The opening scene of the Irish documentary, Mattress Men, is not that pleasing to the eye. A grey drizzle beats down on a road, with just a few people shuffling along with their collars pulled up to their ears. The only visible splashes of colour are gaudy advertising billboards that even the tackiest pound shops might nowadays disavow. But, there they stand, in 2010’s Dublin, pointing the way to Michael Flynn’s mattress store, the setting for Colm Quinn’s melancholically humorous documentary.
The gloomy surroundings are not beautiful, but neither are the protagonists. The scenes are dominated by two ruddy working-class men, living out their everyday dramas clouded by money and family troubles. The economy has sunk so low that the only solution Flynn and his dole-avoiding organizer Paul Kelly come up with is an outlandish social media personality, Mattress Mick. If garish colours, over-the-top effects, a rap video and a mouthy mattress don’t attract more customers, nothing will. Mattress Men is a film about drive and the hope for a better tomorrow.
Susanna Peltonen / Translation: Liina Härkönen
- Director: Colm Quinn
- Country: Ireland
- Year: 2016
- Length: 82 min
- Age limit: S
- Format: DCP
- Cinematography: Colm Quinn
- Editing: John Murphy
- Audio: Colm Quinn, Grattan Smith
- Music: Michael Fleming
- Production: Ciarán Deeney, David Clarke, Colm Quinn/El Zorrero
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