Rose (Ann Skelly) is a promising veterinary student in Dublin. Despite having a loving relationship with her adoptive parents, she has been searching for her birth mother for many years. When Rose finally tracks Ellen (Orla Brady) down in London, she forces her to reveal a painful secret from her past. This shocking revelation rattles Rose’s already fragile sense of identity and draws her into a dangerous world of impersonation, deception and revenge.
Nominated for “Best Film” at the London Film Festival, ROSE PLAYS JULIE has garnered accolades at festivals the world over. Alistair Ryder of Film Inquiry wrote “Christine Malloy and Joe Lawlor’s film is one of the best screen depictions of the internal struggle of being adopted perfectly realizing a character’s permanent sense of existential displacement, and constant worries that she’s not living the life she was intended for. I was absolutely floored by this film”. Martyn Conterio of CineVue says that “its emotional dilemmas, depictions of trauma, revenge and fractured family ties are handled with such skill and sense of purpose, it is truly exemplary film-making.” And Jared Mobarak of The Film Stage calls ROSE PLAYS JULIE “a powerful journey into the heart of darkness.”
- Bonus Short Film — Who Killed Brown Owl (Directed by Christine Molloy & Joe Lawlor | United Kingdom | No Dialogue | 10 minutes) — A lovely tableau of tranquil goings-on in an enchanted London park slowly reveals that not all is at it may seem. Shot in 2004 on 35mm.
Running Time: 100 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Widescreen
Audio: 5.1 Surround Sound/2.0 Stereo