Rosie (2018 film)

Rosie is a 2018 Irish drama film directed by Paddy Breathnach.[1] It was screened in the Contemporary World Cinema section at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival.[2]

Film poster
Directed byPaddy Breathnach
Screenplay byRoddy Doyle[1]
StarringSarah Greene
Release date
  • 7 September 2018 (2018-09-07) (TIFF)
  • 12 October 2018 (2018-10-12) (Ireland)


  • Sarah Greene as Rosie Davis
  • Moe Dunford as John Paul
  • Natalia Kostrzewa as Swietlana
  • Ellie O’ Halloran as Kayleigh Davis-Brady
  • Ruby Dunne as Millie Davis-Brady
  • Daragh McKenzie as Alfie Davis-Brady
  • Molly McCann as Madison Davis-Brady


The film is produced by Emma Norton, Rory Gilmartin and Juliette Bonass for Dublin-based firm Element Pictures, best known for Yorgos Lanthimos' The Lobster, John Michael McDonagh's The Guard and Lenny Abrahamson's Room. The project has also been granted financial support from Screen Ireland for both the development and production phases. The overall contribution of the film agency amounts to €625,000.[3]


On review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a score of 97% based on reviews from 33 critics, with an average rating of 7.74/10. The site's consensus reads: "Equal parts empathy and outrage, Rosie offers a heartbreaking glimpse of economic insecurity that will hit many viewers uncomfortably close to home".[4]

Dennis Harvey of Variety magazine wrote: "This small, tough film provides no easy solutions."[5] Mark Kermode praised the film: "It is vibrant... this is a superwoman performance by somebody in a very down to earth situation."[6]


In December 2019 the film was awarded with the first price at the French Film Festival "La pauvreté sans clichés" in Montreuil at its 4th edition. The Festival is organised by the NGO ATD Fourth World and is dedicated to films about poverty and social issues. The members of the jury, people in precarious situations or having experienced precariousness, alongside other members of ATD Fourth World, "recognized themselves in this film, in the courage and dignity of Rosie Davis and her family"[7].


  1. "Roddy Doyle is back – and has homeless crisis in his sights". The Irish Times. Retrieved 6 September 2018.
  2. "TIFF Adds More High-Profile Titles, Including Jonah Hill's 'Mid90s,' 'Boy Erased,' 'Hold the Dark,' and Many More". IndieWire. Retrieved 3 September 2018.
  3. Abbatescianni, Davide. (4 April 2018). Rosie starts principal photography. Cineuropa. Retrieved 7 September 2018
  4. "Rosie (2019)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved 19 July 2019.
  5. Harvey, Dennis (27 September 2018). "Film Review: 'Rosie'". Variety. Retrieved 15 July 2019.
  6. Mark Kermode (8 March 2019). Rosie (review). Kermode & Mayo's Film Review via YouTube.
  7. "Le Festival "La pauvreté sans clichés" récompense Rosie Davis et Les Invisibles". ATD (Agir Tous pour la Dignité) Quart Monde (in French). 9 December 2019. Retrieved 10 December 2019.
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