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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ann Skelly ... Rose
Orla Brady ... Ellen
Aidan Gillen ... Peter
Annabell Rickerby Annabell Rickerby ... Molly
Catherine Walker ... Teresa
Joanne Crawford ... Valerie
Alan Howley ... Dr. Langan
Sadie Soverall ... Eva
Jack McEvoy ... Young Man
Hannah Behan ... Young Woman
Esosa Ighodaro Esosa Ighodaro ... Archaeologist
Sarah Jane Scott Sarah Jane Scott ... Hotel Receptionist
Molly Rose Lawlor Molly Rose Lawlor ... Oldest Child
Lochlann O'Mearáin ... Farm Hand (as Lochlann Ó Mearáin)
Julien Benoiton Julien Benoiton ... Director (as Jules Benoiton)


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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No Fun
Performed by Val James
Words and Music by Cathal McKeon (as Cáthal McKeon)
One Two Many Records Ltd
Published by One Two Many Songs Ltd
Sony/ATV Music Publishing Allegro (UK)
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2 March 2020 | by ANDYDUNNE11See all my reviews

Although the theme of this film is so dark and intense that it's impossible to use the words 'I enjoyed it'. Having said that for the bravery of the story, the acting and filming it is worth seeing. I was at the Irish Premiere during the Virgin Dublin International Film Festival at the weekend and was present for the all too brief Q&A afterwards featuring the directors, producer and stars Ann Skelly, Aidan Gillen & Orla Brady. The amount of effort it takes to get a good quality Irish movie made is unreal so get behind this movie, go see it even if it makes you uncomfortable.

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14 October 2020 (USA) See more »

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