Rosetta

Friday, January 27 - Sunday, January 29, 2012

35mm print “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.” – Time Out (London)

  • Country France/Belgium
  • Language In French with English subtitles
  • Rating R
  • Year 1999
  • Running Time 95 minutes
  • Director Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne

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