Rose Plays Julie (M)
In this intimate exploration of identity, trauma and power, a young woman seeks out her birth mother, inadvertently triggering a string of events which change both their lives.
A gripping slow-burn psychological thriller that delves deep into longing and revenge from directing duo Christine Molloy and Joe Lawlor.
Rose (Ann Skelly) is a quiet and observant veterinary student who was raised in Dublin as an only child by her adoptive parents, with whom she has enjoyed a loving relationship.
However, for as long as Rose can remember, she has wanted to know who her biological parents are and the facts of her true identity.
After years of trying to make contact, Rose now has a name and a number. All she has to do is pick up the phone and call. When she does, it quickly becomes clear that her birth mother (Orla Brady) is not interested. With a renewed sense of rejection, the tenacious Rose is compelled to keep going, travelling from Dublin to London to unearth her family secrets, kept hidden for over 20 years. Pretending to be “Julie”, a young actress doing research for a part, Rose believes she has little to lose but much to gain when she sets out to confront her biological father, Peter (Aidan Gillen). What Rose cannot possibly foresee is that she is on a collision course that will prove both violent and unsettling – dark forces gather and threaten to destroy her already fragile sense of her own identity.
Confident in its stillness, Malloy and Lawlor’s stylish film quietly explores questions of identity, fate and revenge, anchored by a fascinating central performance from Skelly, Brady’s complicated depiction and a superbly slippery performance from Gillen.
Joe Lawlor, Christine Molloy
Christine Molloy, Joe Lawlor
Ann Skelly, Orla Brady, Aidan Gillen
“Christine Molloy and Joe Lawlor’s best work yet…grabs you by the throat…an edge-of-the-seat thriller ★★★★”
Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
“Christine Malloy and Joe Lawlor’s film is one of the best screen depictions of the internal struggle of being adopted, perfectly realising a character’s permanent sense of existential displacement, and constant worries that she’s not living the life she was intended for. I was absolutely floored by this film.”
Alistair Ryder, Film Inquiry
“Its emotional dilemmas, depictions of trauma, revenge and fractured family ties are handled with such skill and sense of purpose, it is truly exemplary filmmaking.”
Martyn Conterio, CineVue
★★★★★ “A knockout film”
MARTYN CONTERIO – CINEVUE
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