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Rose Plays Julie

By Kat Halstead, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Psychological drama has threat, trauma, sexual violence.

Movie NR 2021 100 minutes
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Writer-director duo Joe Lawlor and Christine Molloy toy with the concepts of memory and reality, identity and façade in this psychological drama, heavy with unease and a sense of dread. Rose Plays Julie tackles complex subjects with assured hands, bolstered by the confident and nuanced performances of its female leads. Both Skelly's Rose and Brady's Ellen explore intricate roles within roles, gradually allowing more of their characters to be seen as their shared history is unveiled and the plot unfolds with all the impending doom of a Greek tragedy.

Settings are still and sparsely populated, adding to the dreamlike quality and the feeling that both women live in a state of emptiness until their realities collide. Rose Plays Julie is a quiet and subtly played film with a loud and clear impact, marking the filmmakers out as ones to watch.

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