Statistics and news headlines about Dublin's homelessness problem are transmuted into effective topical drama in Rosie, a quietly, gradually heartbreaking portrait of regular people coping with a desperate situation, written by Roddy Doyle (The Van, The Commitments) and directed by Paddy Breathnach (I Went Down, Viva). Anchored by a finely grained, beautifully modulated performance from Sarah Greene as the title character, a mother effectively living out of her car while she struggles to find temporary accommodation each night for herself, partner and four kids, the film is an empathy generator, an antidote to compassion fatigue.

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