Closing Night Film: Rose Plays Julie
A film by Christine Molloy and Joe Lawlor, which tells the story of a young woman searching for her biological mother. Set against a backdrop of misogyny, revenge and longing, Rose undertakes a journey that leads her to revelations that are both devastating and dangerous.
'This riveting work about the horror of human existence is shattering to sit through, but it tells us also about fortitude and spirit. 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.' ★★★★★ - Martyn Conteria, CineVue
'Desperate Optimists’ potent new film poses ethical dilemmas and undercuts Eurowestern narrative traditions with every twist of the plot and shift in tone… A mythic thriller about women and violence.' - So Mayer, Sight & Sound
'Like many of the films of Hitchcock, and even more so his arch-imitator Brian de Palma, Rose Plays Julie is a film largely comprised around the acts of looking and following.' - Eric Hillis, The Movie Waffler