Rosetta

Film, Comedy
5 out of 5 stars
(2user reviews)

Time Out says

A deserving Palme d'Or winner at Cannes '99, Rosetta is in the same, grim realist mould as the Dardennes' earlier La Promesse; it, too, offers a glimmer of hope through the prospect of friendship. Teenage Rosetta (Dequenne) has it tough: living in a trailer park with her promiscuous, alcoholic mother, she tries to hang on to whatever mundane jobs she can get, but for all her determination and hard work, bad luck and her surly, volatile disposition repeatedly tell against her. Is life really worth living? Using very little dialogue and long, hand-held tracking shots (the relentlessly restless visuals perfectly reflect Rosetta's unsettled life, the secret to which is provided only halfway through the movie - and even then, subtly), the Dardennes never sentimentalise their heroine but respect the mysteries of her soul; the result is a film almost Bressonian in its rigour and power to touch the heart.

Details

Release details

Duration:
91 mins

Cast and crew

Director:
Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne
Screenwriter:
Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne
Cast:
Emilie Dequenne
Fabrizio Rongione
Anne Yernaux
Olivier Gourmet

Users say (2)

5 out of 5 stars