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Madame Rosa (1977)

La vie devant soi (original title)
Madame Rosa lives in a sixth-floor walkup in the Pigalle; she's a retired prostitute, Jewish and an Auschwitz survivor, a foster mom to children of other prostitutes. Momo is the oldest and... See full summary »

Director:

Moshé Mizrahi

Writers:

Romain Gary (novel) (as Emile Ajar), Moshé Mizrahi (adaptation)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Simone Signoret ... Madame Rosa
Michal Bat-Adam ... Nadine
Samy Ben-Youb ... Momo
Gabriel Jabbour Gabriel Jabbour ... M. Hamil
Geneviève Fontanel Geneviève Fontanel ... Maryse
Bernard Lajarrige Bernard Lajarrige ... Louis Charmette - un retraité SNCF
Mohamed Zinet Mohamed Zinet ... Kadir Youssef
Elio Bencoil Elio Bencoil ... Moïse
Stella Annicette Stella Annicette ... Madame Lola
El Kebir El Kebir ... Mimoun
Ibrahim Seck Ibrahim Seck ... N'Da Ameder
Math Samba Math Samba ... Walloumba
Claude Dauphin ... Docteur Katz
Théo Légitimus Théo Légitimus ... M. Boro
Nadia Samir Nadia Samir
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Madame Rosa lives in a sixth-floor walkup in the Pigalle; she's a retired prostitute, Jewish and an Auschwitz survivor, a foster mom to children of other prostitutes. Momo is the oldest and her favorite, an Algerian lad whom she raises as a Muslim. He asks about his parents; she answers evasively. As she ages and takes fewer children, Momo must do more for her; as money is tight, he tries to earn pennies on the street with a puppet. He's a beautiful man-child, and Madame Rosa makes him promise never to sell himself or become a pimp. A film editor, Nadine, befriends him, and his father appears as well. Madame Rosa reaches her last days in fear of hospitals, and Momo must act. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Drama

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Country:

France

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

19 March 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Paris, France

Company Credits

Production Co:

Lira Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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26 February 2013 | by VincentiuSee all my reviews

for me, it is special. because it represents almost a slice of memories. madame Rosa has many faces. she is silhouette of many persons. and fantastic art of Simone Signoret gives new powerful nuances to an old portrait. story of an old woman and a boy. the lady can be a grandmother or aunt but, in this case, she is only a single pray of time. the boy, if you has a little courage in sauce of imagination, he is you. in moments of old age. sure, the theme is not new. but the work of Gary novel, art of Moshe Mizrahi, the colors of a universe out of reasonable limits, the dialogs and the looks, all is unique. it is recipes of a life lesson. but, in same measure, it remains a confession. to yourself, viewer of an alternative existence, touching story who may be yours.


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