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Rose Plays Julie

Rose Plays Julie
Drama | 2021 | NR. 1hr 40min
CAST: Ann Skelly, Orla Brady, Aidan Gillen DIRECTOR: Christine Molloy, Joe Lawlor VIRTUAL SCREENING ROOM | WATCH NOW

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 (Game of Throne's 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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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.
Alexandra Heller-Nicholas, AWFJ Women on Film
With its lush art house production aesthetic, unsettling exploration of identity and double entendre dialogue, ROSE PLAYS JULIE unfurls with an elegant sense of dread.
Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
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