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Rosetta (1999)

Émilie Dequenne , Fabrizio Rongione , Jean-Pierre Dardenne , Luc Dardenne  |  R |  DVD
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  • Actors: Émilie Dequenne, Fabrizio Rongione, Anne Yernaux, Olivier Gourmet, Bernard Marbaix
  • Directors: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne
  • Writers: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne
  • Producers: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne, Arlette Zylberberg, Laurent Pétin
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: French (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Region: Region 2 (Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000056UTV
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,032,872 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Rosetta" on IMDb

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Winner, Palm D'Or: Best Shoulder December 29, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
I remember, at least half a dozen times, passing this movie by in the video store, gravitating towards it due to the legend "Winner Palm D'Or Best Actress/Best Picture" and the lovely face of Emilie Dequenne, then passing it by after reading the back. The summary of the plot bored me so immediately and intensely that I could not imagine actually sitting and watching the film. I eventually changed my mind, and thankfully so.
Rosetta is an absolutely driven character, almost an animal, single-minded in her goals. Those goals are mundane: find a job, lead a normal life. Her obstacles are mundane: rent, alcoholic mother, cramps. She asks questions, gets her answers, and walks away with no pretense of social grace. For most scenes the camera either points in the direction of Rosetta's POV, over her shoulder, or aims directly into her face. The shot rarely sits still: action and object are the same here. We see what she sees as she sees it and make judgments about people and situations alongside her, a process that usually reveals how silly normal people seem when viewed by someone with no tolerance for nonsense. She does not understand dancing - leisure, or why people would indulge in it when other things need doing, is foreign to her.
Routine fills her existence, and when the routines of friendship and work cannot be found, she constructs new and even unnecessarily complicated routines: cross the road to find the sewer where she hid her boots, change out of shoes into boots to cross the mud to reach the lake where she's set up fish traps with bobbypins and broken bottles, every day. She doesn't even keep the fish.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars another low budget,avante garde triumph October 17, 2000
Rosetta,a film that deals with the struggles of a young woman who has just been fired from her job at a factory in Belgium,was an extremely pleasant surprise for me.Emilie Dequenne's performance in the lead role is riveting,realistic,raw,and energetic.If this were a film financed by hollywood,there's no doubt her gender would have been exploited,and she would have been some sexpot with boy troubles.Not so in this cinematic effort.The focus is almost entirely on her effort to secure employment just so she can get a meal and help her alcoholic mother with the rent.She doesn't have time to chase boys,she's only concerned with surviving.The most startling aspect of this film is it's avoidance of manufactured sentimentlity,complete with cheasy music,to get the viewer to sympathize with her predicament.There's no epiphanies,startling revelations,or some cheap trick ending tacked on for marketing purposes.The way the film is shot(16mm or digital video(i'm not sure),handheld tracking shots,what seems like natural lighting)gives it a powerful,frenetic feel.Some people are turned off by the camera movement,but to do it any other way would negate the spontaneous,out of control atmosphere(maybe it doesn't bother me because i spent almost 2 years out at sea without getting sick).The camera follows her every move,you'll feel like a peeping tom stalking this young lady.The supporting cast are all solid,but it's really Dequenne's show,it's the main reason to seek out this hidden gem.Highly recommended,especially for the art house crowd.My only complaint,and it's not with the film itself,is that,why can't more director's take chances with movies such as Rebecca. Read more ›
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing July 28, 2000
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Format:VHS Tape
Warning: Please eat at least 2 hours prior watching this film. If you can't stand the handheld camera in THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT, then don't even bother watching this film. Believe me, you'll get sick.
The great thing about ROSETTA is the fact that the Dardene brothers chose not to make her character sympathethic. All she wants is a normal life, which consist of finding a job. And she will do anything to get it. The film literally follows her as she walks around the city, looking for employment. The ending is shocking, but reminds me of Francois Truffaut's The 400 Blows. Emilie Dequenne gave a brilliant performance in a realist film that plays like it's coming from the French New Wave. Overall, this film is worth watching. It deserves to win the Palme D'Or, although most people disagree (they chose the entertaining but thin ALL ABOUT MY MOTHER instead). Watch this film, and you'll never forget it. You probably won't like it, but it's worth watching, because there's rarely a minimalist film like this.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Relentlessly downbeat film is an eye opener June 13, 2001
Relentlessly downbeat. Heck, the sun doesn't even shine in Rosetta's world of despair. And the production values made me wonder if the Dardenne brothers signed the Dogme 95 pact. I now understand the controversy at the 2000 Cannes film festival when this dour film picked up the Palme D'Or. However, despite it all, I was moved by Rosetta's plight, and I rooted for her. No doubt this is due to Emilie Dequenne's amazing performance in the title role.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wanted: A Normal Life July 29, 2000
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Rosetta deservedly was a co-winner of the Palm d'Or at the 1999 Cannes Film Festival and was one of the best movies of the year. Like most European movies, the film does not have a plot or conventional story line. It instead focuses on the desperate attempts of the lead character, the seventeen-year-old Rosetta, to escape poverty and find a normal life. Emilie Dequenne stars and delivers a performance that would be remarkable for an actress of any age, but that is especially astonishing for someone so young who presumably doesn't have the life experience to show such depth. Yet Dequenne convincingly conveys Rosetta's absolute pain and despair. It is easy to empathize with Rosetta and to feel her pain, even when she makes a choice that hurts someone who has only tried to help her. Much of the movie's strength also comes from the camera work. The filmmakers made heavy use of hand-held cameras tightly and almost exclusively focused on Rosetta, creating an incredibly personal effect that enables the viewer to feel what she feels. Although not a light movie or easy to watch, Rosetta is a truly memorable and rewarding film that has a profound impact.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Searching for a way out
Belgian brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne wrote and directed 'Rosetta', winner of the Palm d'Or at Cannes in 1999, a film about an adolescent girl who shares a trailer and her... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Alfredo
4.0 out of 5 stars rosetta
I,thought that this was a good movie because again the human interest that was in it.The struggle to cop with the enomic problems of today,s world I saw in this movie,the drinking... Read more
Published 11 months ago by james brown
4.0 out of 5 stars Heartbreaking and real, Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne's award-winning...
The Dardenne brothers, Jean-Pierre and Luc, have created a good number of award-winning films.

From the 2002 film "The Son" (winner of the "Prize of the Ecumenical Jury... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Dennis A. Amith (kndy)
5.0 out of 5 stars A Modern Masterpiece of Cinéma vérité...from...
"Rosetta" from 1999 and directed by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, is a film that will be remembered and talked about for years to come. Read more
Published 16 months ago by CARLOS ROMERO
5.0 out of 5 stars Under the shadow of Robert Bresson
Rosseta is a disturbing picture. Filmed according the precepts of the cinema verite so in vogue in the sixties, the film accuses a direct influence of Mouchette, a classic film of... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Hiram Gomez Pardo
5.0 out of 5 stars Primitive endeavours
Primal,spirited endeavour by the Dardennes brothers.Rosetta,even the name,like an original language of film. Read more
Published on May 25, 2010 by technoguy
4.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat bitter yet hopeful slice of life from European rising stars,...
This film won the Palme d'Or at Cannes and was heralded upon release. Seeing it recently, I think it's nothing remarkable on it's own. Read more
Published on September 2, 2007 by dv_forever
5.0 out of 5 stars Rosetta - A Brilliant Neorealistic Struggle...
Rosetta is a powerful film depicting a young woman, Rosetta (Émilie Dequenne), living in the cracks of the Belgian society. Read more
Published on October 27, 2004 by Kim Anehall
2.0 out of 5 stars Naturalism instead of realism...
I beg to disagree with the reviewer who wrote that ROSETTA deserved the Palme D'Or, instead of ALL ABOUT MY MOTHER. All About My Mother--thin? Read more
Published on May 24, 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Rosetta - Les frères Dardenne
Le film Rosetta dénonce le capitalisme sauvage qui rejette le travailleur de l'organisation sociale sous prétexte qu'il est "de trop" dans le processus de production. Read more
Published on November 9, 2002 by Maurice Blanchard
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