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It's during a semester studying animal euthanasia that veterinary student Rose (Ann Skelly, KISSING CANDICE) decides to contact Ellen (Orla Brady, AMERICAN HORROR STORY, TV's COLLATERAL), the birth mother who gave her up for adoption. But Ellen, who is now a successful London-based actress, has no interest in revisiting her past. Undeterred, Rose begins to investigate the circumstances surrounding her birth, leading to discoveries that shake the fragile identity she has built for herself. Rose believes she has little to lose, but much to gain as she sets out to confront her biological father, Peter (Aidan Gillen, GAME OF THRONES, PEAKY BLINDERS, SING STREET). Directing duo Christine Molloy and Joe Lawlor, also known as Desperate Optimists, have spent years making formally rigorous, atmospheric films (FURTHER BEYOND, HELEN, MISTER JOHN) that often deal with the uncanny effects of impersonation and the slippery nature of truth. With ROSE PLAYS JULIE, they have crafted a slow-burn thriller that builds a sense of dread inside an exquisite world of immaculate architecture, rendered through an icy performance style and enveloped by a claustrophobic soundtrack, as the film takes us through longing and revenge to arrive at the dark places of power and its abuses. This is frank, immersive and decidedly feminist filmmaking. (Note adapted from London Film Festival.) Official Selection, 2019 London Film Festival; 2020 Dublin, Galway, Melbourne and Hamptons film festivals, 2020 AFI European Union Film Showcase.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    100 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
    Ireland, United Kingdom
  • Rating
  • Director
    Christine Molloy, Joe Lawlor
  • Screenwriter
    Christine Molloy, Joe Lawlor
  • Producer
    Christine Molloy, Joe Lawlor, David Collins
  • Cast
    Ann Skelly, Orla Brady, Aidan Gillen, Catherine Walker