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Rose Plays Julie (15)

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.

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. Ellen, who is now a successful London-based actress, doesn’t want to know. But Rose will not be ignored—and curiosity leads her to discoveries that shake the fragile identity she has built for herself.

From directors Christine Molloy and Joe Lawlor, also known as Desperate Optimists, this is a slow-burn thriller that, through icy performances and a claustrophobic soundtrack, builds an effective sense of dread. The film takes us through longing and revenge to arrive at the dark places of power and its abuses.

  • DIRECTORS: Christine Molloy, Joe Lawlor
  • CAST: Ann Skelly, Orla Brady, Aiden Gillen, Annabell Rickerby, Catherine Walker

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