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Rose Plays Julie

  • Drama
  • Thriller
  • 2021
  • Joe Lawlor
  • 101 mins
  • 15

Summary

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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Review

A star rating of 5 out of 5.

Brilliantly switching into and out of melodrama, this thickly plotted but economically written film follows veterinary student Rose (Ann Skelly) as she tries to track down her mother (Orla Brady) and then her father (Aidan Gillen). The twist is that, when she finds them, Rose chooses to conceal her true identity from them both. Gillen also featured in 2013's Mister John, the previous film by Irish writing/directing duo Joe Lawlor and Christine Molloy, and another dark tale of substituted identity. Here, he takes a back seat to Skelly, who puts in a powerful but subtle performance as the slight, breathy woman who might be more dangerous than she looks. The whole film is hugely understated in a way that recalls Scandi-noir, but with an eclectic and innovative style that's all its own. Quiet, intense, chilling and thrilling, this is a masterpiece of dread atmospherics.

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Credits

Cast

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EllenOrla Brady
RoseAnn Skelly
PeterAidan Gillen
MollyAnnabell Rickerby
TeresaCatherine Walker
ValerieJoanne Crawford
Dr LanganAlan Howley
EvaSadie Soverall

Crew

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DirectorJoe Lawlor
DirectorChristine Molloy

Details

Theatrical distributor
New Wave Films
Released on
2021-09-10
Languages
English
Guidance
violence
Formats
Colour
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