MOVIE OF THE WEEK March 19, 2021: ROSE PLAYS JULIE

In Rose Plays Julie the anxiety of a daughter’s discontent and her birth mother’s minefield of memories begin to run parallel. The film-makers layer in visuals of euthanasia, excavation, dissection, and horror to amplify a suspense that otherwise might’ve been melodrama. The result is an engrossing thriller made edgier by the performances of Ann Skelly and Orla Brady. From beginning to end, Rose Plays Julie is an effective examination of “what if” and sexual assault, one that leaves no doubt about the harm the latter causes, which is visceral and frightening and long lasting.

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ROSE PLAYS JULIE – Review by Jennifer Merin

Rose Plays Julia is a potently foreboding femme-centric psychological thriller that calls up serious issues of feminine self-identity and self-esteem, of rage and revenge. Co-written and directed by Irish filmmaker partners Christine Molloy and Joe Lawlor, the plot revolves around a remarkably curious, resourceful and courageous young woman, Rose, who was adopted when she was an infant and, though she loves and has been happily nurtured by the adoptive parents who raised her, is determined to meet her birth parents and to find out why they abandoned her.

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ROSE PLAYS JULIE (MIFF 2020) – Review by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

Rose Plays Julie is not shy in its approach to the thematic intersection of power, gender difference and violence and how they feed into the lived experience of women in particular. But it approaches its subject matter with a sophisticated balance of sensitivity and frankness that make these themes both poignant and, at times, far from subtle.

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