Greystones Film Club: ROSIE

Rosie (Ireland/12A/96mins)

It’s one of the year’s best-reviewed films (with a 100% approval rating on rottentomatoes.com) and it’s certainly one of 2018’s most hard-hitting big screen outing.

Director Paddy Breathnach (I Went Down, Viva) and writer Roddy Doyle came together for this tale of one young Dublin family struggling to find shelter after finding themselves suddenly homeless. Moe Dunford and Sarah Greene play the parents in Doyle’s first produced script since 2000’s When Brendan Met Trudy. Sparked when he heard a radio report on the growing homelessness problem in Ireland – close to 10,000 are now without their own residence, of which approximately 4,000 are children – Doyle felt so compelled to address the issue that he wrote his first draft of Rosie that same morning.

For Paddy Breathnach – short-listed for an Oscar for Viva – teaming up with Roddy Doyle was a no-brainer. “This script allowed me to say something that has a polemical aspect,” he said whilst on set. “We also need to find a richness and poetry to it.”

And that they did. You will be moved.

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