Rose Plays Julie

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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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Critic Reviews for Rose Plays Julie

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  • It is a really powerful film and Brady's final dialogue scene exerts a lethal grip.

    Oct 4, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Oct 17, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Molloy and Lawlor approach the psychological thriller in a pleasingly unique and unsettling fashion.

    Oct 15, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Although Rose Plays Julie provides an interesting premise and an intriguing atmosphere, the unanswered questions and somewhat unclear intention results in unhelpful distance between the story and the audience.

    Oct 13, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Its emotional dilemmas, depictions of trauma, revenge and fractured family ties are handled with such skill and sense of purpose, it is truly exemplary film-making.

    Oct 9, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | 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.

    Oct 7, 2019 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

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