A bombardment of news headlines starkly establishes that Ireland has one of the highest rates of family homelessness in Europe.
Spiralling rents and low housing stock have created a growing crisis. One casualty of this crisis is Rosie (Sarah Greene). Rosie and her partner John-Paul (Moe Dunford) and their four young children have rented the same house in Dublin for seven years. However, when their landlord decides to sell, the family struggles to find or afford alternative accommodation. From a screenplay by Roddy Doyle, Rosie focuses on the film’s namesake and highlights her frantic efforts to keep the family together. An amalgamation of incidents and defeats increases the sense of life closing in on the helpless family.
“The naturalistic performances are impressive throughout, with Sarah Greene conveying the pressures on a woman striving to remain positive against all the odds. There is a strong sense of Rosie being just one more disappointment away from letting her anger and desperation break through a surface of weary resilience. “ Allan Hunter, Screen Daily