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Rosetta (Criterion Collection)


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Product Details

  • Actors: Emilie Dequenne
  • Directors: Luc Dardenne, Jean-Pierre Dardenne
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Criterion Collection
  • DVD Release Date: August 14, 2012
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0083V2VZ0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #120,889 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer
  • Conversation between film critic Scott Foundas and filmmakers
  • New interview with actors Emilie Dequenne and Olivier Gourmet
  • Trailer
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film critic Kent Jones

  • Editorial Reviews

    The Belgian filmmaking team of brothers Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne (The Kid with a Bike) turned heads with Rosetta, an intense vérité drama that closely follows a poor young woman struggling to hold on to a job to support herself and her alcoholic mother. It’s a swift and simple tale made revelatory by the raw, empathetic way in which the directors render Rosetta’s desperation, keeping the camera nearly perched on her shoulder throughout. Many have copied the Dardennes’ style; few have equaled it. This ferocious film won big at Cannes, earning the Palme d’Or for the filmmakers and the best actress prize for the indomitable Émilie Dequenne (The Girl on the Train).

    Customer Reviews

    At just over an hour and a half, it was exactly the right length.
    Daniel G. Lebryk
    The style of this work is very neo-realist from the perspective of content and aesthetically speaking, this film is very much Dogma 95.
    dv_forever
    Rosetta closely follows the life of a young girl who lives in dire poverty, as she struggles to find employment.
    C. F Higgins

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    12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By "zencircus" on 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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    10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By silverhill on May 10, 2006
    Format: DVD
    one of the most amazing films to ever be made. Rosetta is the compelling and moving story of a young girl that faces hardships beyond her years. Loss of a job, dealing with her alcholic mother and the center of all of this desperation, to have a good life, and get things going in the right direction, she betrays a friend, begs for jobs and sneaks in and out of the trailer park she and her mother live in, ironically called "the grand canyon".

    Rosetta has an iron clad determination that drives her, and she will not give up no matter what.

    An extremely real, gritty, emotional and touching film that won numerous awards for the actress playing rosetta(?milie Dequenne) as well as for Jean-Pierre Dardenne & Luc Dardenne at the cannes film festival.

    An absolute treasure.
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    9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J. lopez on October 17, 2000
    Format: DVD
    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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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "snootchiebootchies" on June 13, 2001
    Format: DVD
    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 By A Customer on October 27, 2004
    Format: VHS Tape
    Rosetta is a powerful film depicting a young woman, Rosetta (Émilie Dequenne), living in the cracks of the Belgian society. The crack in which Rosetta has fallen is a part of society where she has no social protection from the government where corporations exploit her without giving her any securities. Rosetta is considered a minor as she is in the years between adolescence and adulthood.

    The initial scene is set in motion as Rosetta violently fights her way into the office at the company where she works. When she arrives to her desired destination it becomes evident that she has been fired. However, what would make someone young that upset for being fired? This is a question that is answered as Rosetta returns home to the trailer park in which she lives. Rosetta is a proud person who struggles with keeping it together for her and her alcoholic mother. The mother evidently has been neglecting her daughter for most of her upbringing as Rosetta takes care of herself in every aspect of life as she has done it for a very long time.

    The young female protagonist of story lives a life where she strives for socioeconomic security through a job. This is easier said than done as she finds it very hard to keep a job as she lacks experience and laws that protect her from being exploited by small companies. Rosetta also seeks a home, a place where she can find emotional security, as she continues to hold on to her alcoholic and neglecting mother.

    The struggle of Rosetta is not told through long scripted dialogues, but through the daily actions of Rosetta. These actions are captured through a handheld camera as it flows with Rosetta and her difficult journey, which enhance the realism of the film.
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