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Rosie (1998)

In a juvenile lockup, a new ward answers questions: she's Rosie, 13, no parents, a sister Irene, a brother Michel. In flashbacks we find out what happened. She lives with Irene, who's 27, ... See full summary »


Patrice Toye


Patrice Toye
11 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Aranka Coppens Aranka Coppens ... Rosie
Sara de Roo Sara de Roo ... Irene
Dirk Roofthooft ... Bernard Vermarcke
Joost Wynant Joost Wynant ... Jimmy (as Joost Wijnant)
Frank Vercruyssen ... Michel
Mieke De Groote Mieke De Groote ... Directrice van instelling
Adriaan Van den Hoof Adriaan Van den Hoof ... Tony
Lana Thielemans Lana Thielemans ... Elvis
Lisa Thielemans Lisa Thielemans ... Elvis
Johanna Van den Wijgaerde Johanna Van den Wijgaerde ... Stella
Kyoko Scholiers Kyoko Scholiers ... Arlette
Mieke Ceulemans Mieke Ceulemans ... Petra
Xadi Meeusen Xadi Meeusen ... Suzy
Rilke Eyckermans Rilke Eyckermans ... Regina
Ellen Dierckx Ellen Dierckx ... Huisvrouw


In a juvenile lockup, a new ward answers questions: she's Rosie, 13, no parents, a sister Irene, a brother Michel. In flashbacks we find out what happened. She lives with Irene, who's 27, whom Rosie knows is in fact her mother, but that's their secret. Irene's brother Michel, unemployed, a compulsive gambler, comes to stay with them. Around then, Irene meets Bernard; they come to care for each other. This leaves Rosie without attention, so she puts all her adolescent hopes and romantic fantasies into a relationship with Jimi, a good looking kid she sees on a bus. Is it adventures with Jimi that land her in juvie? Once she's there, why doesn't he answer her letters? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Official Sites:

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France | Belgium



Release Date:

18 November 1998 (Belgium) See more »

Also Known As:

Rosie: The Devil in My Head See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,579, 25 July 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$9,579, 25 July 1999
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An excellent, if disturbing, film
9 February 2009 | by sanz1820See all my reviews

Coming of age films set in middle-class environments can be illuminating, but throw into the mix a mother who became pregnant at 14, an unemployed resident uncle who is also a gambling addict, and a mysteriously handsome boyfriend, and you have the ingredients for an utterly convincing and riveting film which reveals more and more of the central character's situation as the film progresses. These revelations are drip fed at regular intervals, and lead to a dramatic closing scene. The small cast of actors is excellent, but perhaps it is the setting which gives this film such a hold on the audience. Basically, there are only two 'sets'. The first is the claustrophobic apartment, where a harassed mother attempts to maintain some sense of civilised living - like everyone sitting down at table for proper meals - but where pressures arise from the three residents living in too close proximity. The second is the bleak landscape of Antwerp's outer semi-industrial suburbs, where mysterious bits of machinery litter a bleak landscape of bare fields and anonymous tower blocks - a perfect setting for a young girl to live out adolescent fantasies. This is an excellent film - highly recommended.

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