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Rosetta Details

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From the directors of the critically acclaimed La Promesse (1996) comes this stark portrayal of a young woman coming of age at the edge of social oblivion. Rosetta ([[Performer~P269840~Émilie Dequenne~émiliedequenne]]) lives in a tiny, beat-up trailer without toilets or running water with her alcoholic, irresponsible, and utterly dispirited mother, who requires her frequent care. Rosetta longs to have a "normal" life and become a productive member of society, but even this modest goal seems beyond her grasp. Quietly terrified that she will slide into the abyss like her mother, she wages a desperate, purely instinctive battle to lift herself out of her wretched, semi-feral existence. At the film's outset, she is bodily removed from her job at a food factory; for much of the rest of the film, her attempts to gain employment are thwarted by the callousness and indifference of others. The only person to show any kind of sympathy is Riquet ([[Performer~P270298~Fabrizio Rongione~fabriziorongione]]), who ekes out a pittance at a waffle stand while secretly skimming profits from his boss. Though his awkward attempts to gain her interest go unacknowledged by the barely socialized Rosetta, the two develop something like a friendship. Later in the movie, however, her loyalty to her new-found friend clashes with her all-consuming desire for a job. First-time actress [[Performer~P269840~Dequenne~émiliedequenne]], who spent time in a similarly harsh environment to prepare for the role, won the Best Actress prize at the 1999 Cannes Film Festival. This film also won the coveted Palme d'Or at Cannes and was screened at the 1999 Toronto Film Festival. ~ Jonathan Crow, Rovi

  • Release date:September 15, 1999

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Independent Spirit Awards Jean-Pierre Dardenne Best Foreign Film 1999 Nominee
Chicago Film Critics Association Émilie Dequenne Most Promising Actress 1999 Winner
Cannes Film Festival Émilie Dequenne Best Actress 1999 Winner
French Academy of Cinema Émilie Dequenne Most Promising Young Actress 1999 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Luc Dardenne Best Foreign Film 1999 Nominee

Crew

Luc Dardenne
Director
Jean-Pierre Dardenne
Director
Jean-Pierre Dardenne
Producer
Luc Dardenne
Producer
Laurent Petin
Producer
Michele Petin
Producer
Luc Dardenne
Screenwriter
Jean-Pierre Dardenne
Screenwriter
Alain Marcoen
Cinematographer
Igor Gabriel
Production Designer
Igor Gabriel
Art Director
Monique Parelle
Costume Designer
Thomas Gauder
Sound/Sound Designer
Jean-Pierre Duret
Sound/Sound Designer
Thomas Gauder
Sound Mixer
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