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Rosetta (1999)

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Young and impulsive Rosetta lives with her alcoholic mother and, moved by despair, she will do anything to maintain a job.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Émilie Dequenne ... Rosetta
Fabrizio Rongione ... Riquet
Anne Yernaux Anne Yernaux ... The Mother
Olivier Gourmet ... The Boss
Bernard Marbaix Bernard Marbaix ... The Campgrounds Manager
Frédéric Bodson Frédéric Bodson ... The Head of Personnel
Florian Delain ... The Boss's Son
Christiane Dorval Christiane Dorval ... First Saleswoman
Mireille Bailly Mireille Bailly ... Second Saleswoman
Thomas Gollas Thomas Gollas ... The Mother's Boyfriend
Leon Michaux Leon Michaux ... First Policeman (as Léon Michaux)
Victor Marit Victor Marit ... Second Policeman
Colette Regibeau Colette Regibeau ... Madame Riga
Claire Tefnin Claire Tefnin ... Girl in Locker Room
Sophia Leboutte Sophia Leboutte ... Fired Woman
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Storyline

The first scene, like almost all others, is a fighting scene. A girl, about 18, is sacked from her factory work because her trial period is over. The girl, Rosetta, is quite upset and the cops will have to arrive to get her out. She has her reasons: she lives in a caravan, with her alcoholic mother. She goes looking for work as some go to the war. Treasons, murders are in her mind, if not in her acts. Written by Gregoire Dubost <Gregoire.dubost@polytechnique.org>

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Country:

France | Belgium

Language:

French

Release Date:

22 September 1999 (Belgium) See more »

Also Known As:

Rozeta See more »

Filming Locations:

Liège, Wallonia, Belgium See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,187, 7 November 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$261,475, 30 January 2000
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Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

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Rosetta: Your name is Rosetta. My name is Rosetta. You found a job. I found a job. You've got a friend. I've got a friend. You have a normal life. I have a normal life. You won't fall in a rut. I won't fall in a rut. Good night. Good night.
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Dispassionate fury
13 June 2000 | by p_reavySee all my reviews

I saw Rosetta 3 or 4 months ago and it has stayed vividly in my mind. I would like to respond to two other commentaries here which compare Rosetta to earlier films.

One commentary compares it to Nights of Cabiria. But this is no pastoral fantasy like the Fellini. Another contributor calls Rosetta a fake Bresson. Presumably the point of comparison is with Bresson's Mouchette, and it's a good comparison to make, but I don't think it is one that diminishes Rosetta. Both Mouchette and Rosetta capture the flow of time and the characters' interior worlds realistically, but with realisms which are quite different. Mouchette's struggle is a spiritual one; Rosetta's struggle is with her physical conditions.

To make a comparison of my own, albeit an off-the-wall one, Rosetta's determination is strangely like the pure will-power that Lee Marvin demonstrates, barging into the Organisation's HQ in Point Blank. Maybe this forceful quality is what makes it a "war film".

The film-makers do the opposite of sentimentalising Rosetta's conditions as Fellini would have done. Arguably, they even go past Bresson, if you tend to a materialist rather than a religious point of view. They argue how poverty operates, how surviving it involves anger.

There is one moment when Rosetta slips in a lake and we understand exactly at the moment she does, that she may in fact drown. Not a moment that's easy to forget.


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