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

How to watch

After this content becomes available November 6th at 1:00 am GMT+1, you'll have 7 days to start watching. Once you begin, you'll have 48 hours to finish watching.  

Select any of the dates below to go to the viewing platform. They are a remnant of the old system!

On 7 November, 21:00 there is a live Q&A with directors Christine Molloy and Joe Lawlor, actor Orla Brady and composer Stephen McKeon

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Part of

100 minutes


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


On 7 November, 21:00 there is a live Q&A with directors Christine Molloy and Joe Lawlor and actors Ann Skelley and Orla Brady.

Once you have purchased your film ticket, you can join the live Q&A simply by selecting the Q&A box from the right sidebar on the viewing platform and then clicking “enter livestream” at the designated time. There is a countdown clock on the livestream window to let you know when it will start.

Join live for the chance to submit your questions.

Q&As will also be recorded and made available to ticket holders for the duration of the program availability window.