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Keeping Rosy

UK 2014
produced by
Richard Holmes, Isabelle Georgeaux, Patrick Healy (executive) for Big Rich Films, [Pont Neuf Productions
directed by Steve Reeves (II)
starring Maxine Peake, Blake Harrison, Christine Bottomley, Sam Hoare, Elisa Lasowski, Siena Spiro, Eliza Matthias, Layla Matthias, Brooke Skylar Baptist, Delta Storm Baptist, Tori Butler-Hart, Yvonne Wandera, Dominic Geraghty, Chloe Whittock, Ann Penfold, Colin Farrell (II), Erin Shanagher, Jo Neary, Andrew Bailey (voice), Kowsar Ahmed (voice)
written by Mike Oughton, Steve Reeves (II), music by Stephen Warbeck

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Charlotte (Maxine Peake) has just been fired from her job, so when she arrives back home and finds her cleaning woman Maya (Elisa Lasowski) smoking, she gets into a big argument with her that eventually leads to her hitting Maya over the head with a champagne bottle, which eventually kills Maya. Charlotte keeps her cool and throws Maya's body into the river, but when she wants to get rid of Maya's car and notices she has left her baby daughter (Eliza and Layla Matthias), she's overcome by a mixture of guilt and motherly instincts, and decides to take the girl, who she soon names Rosy, in with her. But once she has Rosy in her flat, Charlotte has to realize her ideas in regards to bringing up children are very limited, and she needs an explanation how she got the baby out of the blue. So she calls her sister Sarah (Christine Bottomley) for assistance, who actually has brought up a daughter. Sarah though finds out there are CCTV cameras in Charlotte's apartment building. Now Charlotte pays a visit to the company that does security for her building, a company that turns out to be a container in a loading zone, and she tries to persuade security man Roger (Blake Harrison) to hand her the security cam footage of her building, but Roger turns her down, claiming she'd need a warrant. So Charlotte returns to the container that night to set fire to it. The problem seems solved, until she returns back home and finds Roger in her apartment getting friendly with Sarah - and it turns out, Roger knows everything, and Roger sees an opportunity to make easy money for not squealing to the police ...


Keeping Rosy is actually a pretty awesome thriller, and one that doesn't give away its game too soon (and I'm not only about the very surprising final resolution here), but seems to really enjoy spinning its yarn and keeping the audience on the edges of their seats pretty much throughout by twisting and turning into very unexpected directions ever so often, and that's somehow reminiscent of some of Patricia Highsmith's best novels. Also thanks to really good character work, the movie manages to make its protagonist with all her flaws (and there are many) relatable and even likeable. And add to that a very solid cast and a dynamic yet subtle directorial effort, and you're left with a pretty tight piece of genre cinema.


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