Rose Plays Julie

Rose Plays Julie (15)
  • 2019
  • UK, I
  • 1h 40min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Joe Lawlor, Christine Molloy
  • Written by: Joe Lawlor, Christine Molloy
  • Cast: Ann Skelly, Orla Brady, Aidan Gillen
  • UK release: 17 September 2021

A young woman seeks out her birth mother. When she finds her, she sets off a sequence of events that transform both of their lives.

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Dirs Joe Lawlor, Christine Malloy/IE GB 2019/101 mins Ann Skelly, Orla Brady, Aidan Gillen

The latest film from Christine Molloy and Joe Lawlor is a fascinating meditation on identity. Rose, an adopted child, is at university studying veterinary science. For as long as Rose can remember, she has wanted to know who her biological parents are and the facts of her true identity. 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 has no wish to have any contact. A renewed and deepened sense of rejection compels her to keep going and she finally confronts her birth mother, Ellen. Ground down by her tenacity, Ellen is forced to reveal a secret she has kept hidden for over 20 years. This revelation forces Rose to accept the nature of how she came into existence. Brilliantly written, photographed and performed, this is a film that approaches perfection.

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Rose Plays Julie

15 Sep 20214 stars

Ann Skelly, Orla Brady and Aidan Gillen make a compelling trio in this impressive drama-cum-thriller

An identity crisis of the most profound variety drives this unflashy but intensely atmospheric Irish drama-cum-thriller, with the threat of death hanging heavy from the outset. It's written and directed by Joe Lawlor and Christine Molloy, who areā€¦

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