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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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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
Sophie 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)  »

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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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Does Rosetta Find a Way Out?
23 September 2000 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews



The test of some performances is how much empathy you feel for an exasperating character you would normally not care for. The actress Emilie Dequenne, especially in the final scene of "Rosetta," really makes you glimpse why desperation drives some people to do the things they do -- although you may not totally understand. All the disgust and anger you feel toward her evaporates when you glimpse the soul of the character through her face.

She does not know how to lift herself out of her circumstances. Does she grow as a person or remain trapped like an animal? You hope that her decision to leave the prize was made out of remorse for the betrayal of a friend. After the sudden ending, you pray she gets a new attitude and finds a way out.

But I don't think she will. The character is caught like a bird flapping around a cage and can't get out of the film's stoic vision.


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