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Davidson Film Club Presents “Rose Plays Julie”

by | Aug 24, 2021

The DFC is pleased to invite you to a discussion of the recent critically acclaimed Irish drama, “Rose Plays Julie,” on Saturday, August 28, at 7:00 p.m. on Zoom.

“It’s a slow-paced, slippery beast, hiding its more lurid impulses behind a contemplative tone.” B.P. Flanagan, Seventh Row

  • Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer 90%
  • Directed by Joe Lawlor and Christine Molloy
  • Ireland (2019, 1h40). In English
  • 7:00 pm Saturday, August 28, on Zoom at:
  • Meeting ID: 869 1483 3448
  • Passcode: 105452

*The Davidson Film Club will remain virtual in August owing to the sharp surge in COVID cases brought on by the Delta variant. This event will not take place in the Armour Street Theatre as originally planned. We apologize for this change in plans but the safety of our audience is our top priority.

Discussion will be led by Dr. Carol Armstrong, a clinical psychologist specializing in psychotherapy with an active practice in the Lake Norman area.

There is no membership fee for this program, only the modest cost of the on-line film rental that yields no revenue to the Davidson Film Club.

Rose Plays Julie may be rented on Prime Video for $2.99 at:

Film Summary:

It’s during a term studying animal euthanasia that veterinary student Rose decides to contact Ellen, the birth mother who gave her up for adoption. Ellen, who is now a successful London-based actress, doesn’t want any contact with her. But Rose proves very tenacious, and Ellen is forced to reveal a secret she has kept hidden for over 20 years. Rose believes she has little to lose but much to gain when she sets out to confront her biological father, Peter. What Rose cannot possibly foresee is that she is on a collision course that will prove both violent and unsettling – dark forces gather and threaten to destroy her already fragile sense of her own identity.

“With “Rose Plays Julie,” Molloy and Lawlor have crafted a slow-burn thriller that builds a sense of dread inside an exquisite world of immaculate architecture, rendered through an icy performance style and enveloped by a claustrophobic soundtrack.” (IMDB)

“It is a really powerful film, and Brady’s final dialogue scene exerts a lethal grip.” Peter Bradshaw, Guardian

“Dark and involving, this slow-burn Irish drama dives into a remarkably involving situation that encompasses a variety of taboo themes…” Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall

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.” Alistair Ryder, Film Inquiry

“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 Conterio, CineVue

“Layering its fairly straightforward story of an adopted Irish girl who tracks down her birth mother with immersive visual and aural motifs, it plays more like modern operatic tragedy than run-of-the-mill social drama.” Nikki Baughan, Screen International

Our updated website at www.davidsonfilmclub.comfeatures the whole up-coming series (August-November 2021) and film descriptions. Have you Bookmarked it?

We are a non-profit, tax-exempt organization run by volunteers that only exists to bring you fine international fiction films and engage in stimulating discussion about them.

Hope to see many of you on Zoom on Saturday, August 28, for the discussion of this powerful and shocking drama! Please share the Zoom link with your friends when you receive it! There is no charge by the Film Club, and there is room for everyone!

Alan Singerman
President, Davidson Film Club
[email protected]
(704) 231-6736

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