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Rose (Ann Skelly) is at university studying veterinary science. An only child, she has enjoyed a loving relationship with her adoptive parents. 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 trying to trace her birth mother, 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. Rose is shattered. A renewed and deepened sense of rejection compels her to keep going. Rose travels from Dublin to London in an effort to confront her birth mother, Ellen (Orla Brady). Ellen is deeply disturbed when Rose turns up unannounced. The very existence of this young woman threatens the stability of the new life Ellen has painstakingly put together. But Rose proves very tenacious and Ellen is forced to reveal a secret she has kept hidden for over 20 years. This shocking revelation forces Rose to accept the violent nature of how she came into existence. 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.

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Catherine Walker
Teresa
Alan Howley
Dr. Langan
Joe Lawlor
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Joe Lawlor
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Critic Reviews for Rose Plays Julie

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  • A taut and at times uncomfortable journey, Rose Plays Julie is a shrewd reimagining of the adoption drama narrative that reframes the trope in a powerful and compelling manner.

    August 15, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Rose, wonders about the other life she might have lived under her birth name Julie, then effectively finds herself playing the role of Julie-effectively impersonating herself.

    October 7, 2019 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…
  • It is a really powerful film and Brady's final dialogue scene exerts a lethal grip.

    October 5, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • This slow-burn thriller, with immersive and aura-generating visuals, is led by riveting performances from Skelly and Brady, and dives into a deeply unsettling situation.

    December 27, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Rose Plays Julie provides space for a wistful and at times violent imagining of this different life, playing out as a sweeping, at times overwhelming, thriller without losing the trappings of an intimate confessional Irish drama.

    October 30, 2020 | Full Review…
  • It's visceral and elegiac, a perfect slow-burner awash in the blood of old wounds reopened.

    October 20, 2020 | Full Review…

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