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.
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Credited cast:
Ann Skelly ... Rose / Daughter
Orla Brady ... Ellen / mother
Aidan Gillen ... Peter / father
Annabell Rickerby Annabell Rickerby ... Molly
Catherine Walker ... Teresa
Joanne Crawford ... Valerie
Alan Howley ... Dr. Langan
Sadie Soverall ... Eva
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Julien Benoiton Julien Benoiton ... Director
Lily Brand Lily Brand ... Girl in Accident
Esosa Ighodaro Esosa Ighodaro ... Archaeologist
Derry Lawlor Derry Lawlor ... Blind Man
Molly Rose Lawlor Molly Rose Lawlor ... Oldest Child
Jack McEvoy ... Young Man
Lochlann O'Mearáin ... Farmhand


It's during a term studying animal euthanasia that veterinary student Rose (Ann Skelly) decides to contact Ellen (Orla Brady), the birth mother who gave her up for adoption. But Ellen, who is now a successful London-based actress, doesn't want to know. Undeterred, Rose will not be ignored. And curiosity leads her to discoveries that shake the fragile identity she has built for herself. Directors Christine Molloy and Joe Lawlor, also known as Desperate Optimists, have spent years making formally rigorous, atmospheric cinema that often deals with the uncanny effects of impersonation and the slippery nature of truth. With Rose Plays Julie (2019) hey 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. Ann Skelly and Orla Brady are both exacting and measured in their delivery, as the film takes us through longing and revenge to arrive at ... Written by London Film Festival

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Rose: Doesn't it bother you that he's out there, acting as if nothing happened?
Ellen: Is he?
Rose: That's how it looked to me. And I am struggling, really struggling, with how that makes me feel.
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What is up with that ending?

The ending threw me off. Did not see that coming. Quite a weird film. Intriguing. Worth a watch.

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14 October 2020 (USA) See more »

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