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Positive Role Models
Rose is brave, smart, determined, and inquisitive, although she lies and steals in some situations. Ellen is closed-off at first but shows great empathy as she gets to know Rose. Both support each other, but use teamwork to plan violence.
Main characters are both female. They are shown to be strong and intelligent, though the movie leans into stereotypical themes of rape and revenge. The cast is mostly White, able-bodied, and middle class.
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Violence & Scariness
Animals killed with drugs on-screen, dissected with close-ups of organs and blood, and hit with a spade off-screen. A gun is held and shot off-screen. Rape is mentioned and details recounted, and sexual assault shown on-screen. Characters are hit in the face and on the head with objects, resulting in bloody injuries, as well as being grabbed by the throat and slapped off-screen. A car crash is shown and a character walks covered in blood in a dream sequence.
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An instance of "f---er," but no strong language beyond.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Character shown inebriated at a party. Euthanasia drugs used on animals and injected into a human.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Rose Plays Julie is an intense psychological drama with adult themes around rape, abortion, adoption, and euthanasia. The movie centers around Rose (Ann Skelly), a young woman whose identity is called into question when she reconnects with her birth mother, Ellen (Orla Brady), and learns the secrets of her past. Sexual violence is both discussed and depicted on-screen. Other violence includes people being hit in the face and head causing bloody injuries, and some gun use. Animals are also killed, both via drugs and by being hit over the head with a spade. Some of the animals are shown being dissected with close-ups of their innards. "F---er" is used on one occasion, but other than that, there's no strong language. In one scene, a character is shown to be intoxicated following a party. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
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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