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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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Storyline

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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Genres:

Drama

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Country:

France

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

19 March 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Madame Rosa See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France

Company Credits

Production Co:

Lira Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Signoret's best work!
8 June 1999 | by Reb9See all my reviews

It's a shame that this film doesn't have a wider audience here in the US. Simone Signoret gives perhaps the finest performance of a distinguished career, unafraid to let the ravages of time and hard living show.

The film has some surface similarities to Central Station in that both films are about older women finding new meaning when having to care for a child, street urchins in each film. Both women are embittered and angry at life in general.

Rent Madam Rosa if you can find it. Anyone who loves exceptional film will be happy they gave this one their time.


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