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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:
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Riquet
Anne Yernaux ...
The Mother
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The Boss
Bernard Marbaix ...
The Campgrounds Manager
Frédéric Bodson ...
The Head of Personnel
Florian Delain ...
The Boss's Son
Christiane Dorval ...
First Saleswoman
Mireille Bailly ...
Second Saleswoman
Thomas Gollas ...
The Mother's Boyfriend
Leon Michaux ...
First Policeman (as Léon Michaux)
Victor Marit ...
Second Policeman
Colette Regibeau ...
Madame Riga
Claire Tefnin ...
Girl in Locker Room
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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22 September 1999 (Belgium)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$20,187 (USA) (5 November 1999)

Gross:

$261,475 (USA) (28 January 2000)
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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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Beauty
8 August 2000 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

In my opinion, the best movie of 1999.

Definitively, underlining the existence of a master-piece called "Mouchette" is a must. Though Dardene brothers are not changing the cinematographic language as Bresson did, their movie almost attains in a few moments both the beauty and the intensity of Bresson's master-piece. Only a true artist can repeat the suicide of Mouchette succesfully (and, without any doubt, the moving final sequence belongs to the history of cinema with all merits). I'd like to point out also the magnificent use of music in this film (you could hardly find two movies a year in which the music is not a nuisance nowadays, some directors should limit themselves to the music that comes from the scene itself -a radio, a piano...- ): it appears only once, and is a messy, distortioned home recording of drums, which serves the co-starring as an excuse to dance with Rosetta. To those who are looking for a contrast in the movie, it's precisely this boy and specially this scene the ones that offer a way out.

Do the people that need to know why Rosetta is like that also want to know why the birds attack the humans in Hitchcocks classic?

Is it possible to construct such a character without showing, by repetition of sequences, the redundance of Rosettas' life? Is it possible such a beauty in the final sequence without the proper patient use of time?


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