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Rosetta [DVD] [Criterion Collection]

  • NR
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • A grueling, powerful film that features Emilie Dequenne in her screen debut. She portrays Rosetta, a 17-year-old girl who wants nothing more than to work for a living. After being fired from her most recent job, she spends her subsequent days trying to procure work anywhere possible. Eventually, she befriends Riquet, a waffle seller, and backstabs him in order to accomplish her goal. Dequenne is up to the challenge as the focal point of every screen second, delivering a highly charged, impassioned performance. ROSETTA is another gritty work of socio-realism from the Dardennes, whose LA PROMESSE introduced them to the world of fictional feature filmmaking--where they emigrated from documentaries.

    Cannes Palme d'Or 1999
    Cannes Best Actress 1999 Emilie Dequenne Actress

  • Credits
    Emilie Dequenne, Fabrizio Rongione, Anne Yernaux, Olivier Gourmet
  • Critic Reviews
    "...Anchored by a performance of grim determination and almost feral instincts from its lead actress..."

    "...Stunning....A character of raw pride in a film of lingering power..." -- Rating: A
    Entertainment Weekly

    "...Compelling....[Dequenne] gives a strong performance of wild energy and angry forcefulness.....Her struggle becomes a poignant film experience..."
    Box Office

    "...ROSETTA is a very moving drama with an assured performance by Dequenne..." -- 4 out of 5 Stars
    Total Film

    "...The Dardennes conjure up a lot of emotion and atmosphere....Dequenne's edgy performance carries the movie to a great extent..."
    USA Today

    "...Finely empathetic and insightful....A triumph of humanistic cinema..."
    Los Angeles Times

    "...The film has an odd subterranean power....It's a film of economic determinism..."
    Chicago Sun-Times

    "[A] remarkable film debut....Rosetta pursues her narrow goals quite ruthlessly, while the movie keeps questioning, tacitly, the moral choices that she makes to escape from intolerable circumstances."
    Wall Street Journal

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