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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 overview, first billed only:
Anne Yernaux ...
The Mother
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


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 <>

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

22 September 1999 (Belgium)  »

Also Known As:

Розета  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


$261,475 (USA) (28 January 2000)

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1.66 : 1
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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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A Subtle Masterpiece
24 December 2003 | by (Windsor, Ontario) – See all my reviews

An example of a true drama, as opposed to a melodrama (Saving Private Ryan is a popular example of a melodrama that passes itself off as a drama). It's been a few years since I've seen it, so I'm fuzzy on the names, but the finest scene in the movie occurs as Rosetta serves customers at a kind of snack food stand. She had just recently 'stole' the job from her only friend in the film. Customer after customer is served, as we wait in suspense for a certain person to arrive--the very man who's job she took. He (!), but we know exactly who it is. The camera painfully lingers on Rosetta as we beg for it to pan right, or (even better) to look away. Excellent.

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