-- Jamie Dun, The Skinny
-- Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
“Powerful... Ann Skelly is magnificently perplexing as Rose/Julie.”
-- Jonathan Romney, Film Comment
“Terrific... the most disturbing thing about the impressively disturbing
Rose Plays Julie may just be how satisfying it is.”
-- Jessica Kiang, Variety
AN ADOPTEE UNDERTAKES AN INTENSE SEARCH FOR IDENTITY SETTING OFF A DARK TURN OF EVENTS IN AN UNSETTLING
AND HYPNOTIC PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER ARRIVING
THIS JULY ON DVD
ROSE PLAYS JULIE
Street Date: July 13, 2021
Fresh off its Film Movement Theatrical Release, This Acclaimed Irish Thriller from Filmmakers Christine Molloy & Joe Lawlor Stars Ann Skelly (“The Nevers”),
Orla Brady (“Picard”) and Aidan Gillen (“Game of Thrones”); the DVD Includes
the Bonus Short Film “Who Killed Brown Owl”
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
Founded in 2002, Film Movement is a North American distributor of award-winning independent and foreign films based in New York City. It has released more than 250 feature films and shorts culled from prestigious film festivals worldwide including the Oscar-nominated films Theeb (2016) and Corpus Christi (2020). Film Movement’s theatrical releases include American independent films, documentaries, and foreign art house titles. Its catalog includes titles by directors such as Hirokazu Kore-eda, Maren Ade, Jessica Hausner, Andrei Konchalovsky, Andrzej Wajda, Diane Kurys, Ciro Guerra and Melanie Laurent. In 2015, Film Movement launched its reissue label Film Movement Classics, featuring new restorations released theatrically as well as on Blu-ray and DVD, including films by such noted directors as Eric Rohmer, Peter Greenaway, Bille August, Marleen Gorris, Takeshi Kitano, Arturo Ripstein, King Hu, Sergio Corbucci, Ettore Scola and Luchino Visconti. For more information, please visit www.filmmovement.com. Visit www.filmmovementplus.com for more information about Film Movement Plus, the new subscription streaming service from Film Movement.