• Certification: Film rated as: CFF-15
  • Country: Ireland UK
  • Release year: 2020
  • Run time: 100 minutes

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A young woman uncovers the truth of her own past in this gripping, slow-burn psychological thriller.

Rose decides to take time out from her veterinary studies to contact her birth mother, Ellen, who gave her up for adoption and went on to become a successful actress. This leads Rose to her biological father, Peter, a famous archaeologist, and discoveries that cut deeper than she anticipated.

Irish directing duo Christine Molloy and Joe Lawlor, aka Desperate Optimists, have developed their highly distinctive and atmospheric brand of cinema over several films (Helen, Mister John, Further Beyond), often exploring shifting identities and the elusive nature of truth. Here they have crafted an eerie and powerful drama rich in tension and full of compelling detail.


'Eerie, edge-of-your-seat suspense' - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

‘Desperate Optimists’ potent new film poses ethical dilemmas and undercuts Eurowestern narrative traditions with every twist of the plot and shift in tone.’ - Sight & Sound