Madame Rosa

Badly adapted from a rather good novel by Emile Ajar, this is art cinema at its artless, exploitative worst. An essentially simple tale - of a prostitute's child, Momo, brought up with a bevy of similar kids by professional foster-mother/aged ex-prostitute Madame Rosa - is used to screw the audience for every ounce of its social conscience, with Signoret evidently (and mistakenly) convinced that she's in a 'political' film. Far from reflecting the realities of streetwalking in Pigalle, or of childhood in the ghetto of Belleville, the film trades instead on Rosa's memories of Auschwitz (to which she refers with objectionable facility) and the boy's Algerian background to fabricate a pretentious allegory on Israeli/Arab conflict. Eventually, thank God, Rosa dies and doe-eyed Momo is 'rescued' - in a crowning example of nauseating, complacent sentimentality - by a chic young couple.

Release details

Duration: 120 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Moshe Mizrahi
Screenwriter: Moshe Mizrahi
Cast: Simone Signoret
Claude Dauphin
Samy Ben Youb
Gabriel Jabbour
Michal Bat Adam
Costa-Gavras

Average User Rating

5 / 5

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zoli

I love this film for its humanity and depth. It is wise and gentle and humorous. I cannot for the life of me understand why this film has not been transferred to dvd while so much garbage has been. This film is anti-war and pro-love. It is deeply moving. The old vhs copy will have to do until someone's light bulb goes off and it is made available for all to see.

zoli

I love this film for its humanity and depth. It is wise and gentle and humorous. I cannot for the life of me understand why this film has not been transferred to dvd while so much garbage has been. This film is anti-war and pro-love. It is deeply moving. The old vhs copy will have to do until someone's light bulb goes off and it is made available for all to see.