DVD - 2012 | French
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The Belgian filmmaking team of brothers Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne turned heads with Rosetta, an intense verite drama that closely follows a poor young woman struggling to hold onto a job to support herself and her alcoholic mother. It's a swift and simple tale made revelatory by the raw, empathic way in which the directors render Rosetta's desperation, keeping the camera nearly perched on her shoulder throughout.
Publisher: [Irvington, N.Y.] : Criterion Collection, [2012]
Edition: DVD ed.
ISBN: 9781604656183
Branch Call Number: PN1997 .R6758 2012x
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (93 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet ([16] p. : col. ill. ; 19 cm.)


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May 06, 2017

Put me in with the KCLS patrons that loved this movie. Yes, it is depressing at times. Life can be hard, but it is important to remember not to keep on trying! There is much to ponder in this lovely movie!

Nov 17, 2016

This troubling Dardenne brothers’ film not only won the Palme d’Or at Cannes, its bleak presentation of childhood poverty also caused Belgium to rethink its child labour laws. Filmed in jarring verité style with natural sounds and handheld cameras that never stray far from Rosetta’s shoulder, the Dardennes maintain a heartbreaking intimacy with their battered protagonist as she trudges into one brick wall after another while vainly trying to hide her poverty from the world. Fighting against odds that seem forever stacked against her she finds sad consolation in repeating her childish mantra, “I won’t be left by the wayside”, before closing her eyes at night. Confrontational and immersive from the very beginning, this is a discomfiting experience right up to its darkly ambivalent final frame which begs the question, which route do you take when all roads seem to lead nowhere? In the lead role, Émilie Dequenne deservedly won Best Actress at amazing performance.

Oct 01, 2015

Meh. All her frantic - and completely crazy - running around in the workplace and slugging it out with this and that person (in a skirt no less) - to what possible end? Who behaves like that?? (Or at least, who behaves like that without being taken away for psychiatric evaluation, which might have been the best thing for this character).

Coming and going via the back side of the campground only - why? A failed attempt at symbolism? The constant switching and hiding of rain boots - the campground is clean and well graveled and the boots are quite unnecessary (unlike the off-campground trail she clambers through each day to get to them) - more failed symbolism? And the mysterious "ailment" - in case we aren't sympathetic enough?

And finally, just when one thinks they can stop facepalming at all the foolishness, just as the main character gets the very thing she wants most (strangely, she has no problem acting normal at work - smiling, making eye contact, exchanging polite words - unlike her actions with anyone and everyone else), she decides to give everything up because....her mother shows up drunk? Surely that wouldn't precipitate such drama as it's certainly nothing new. Nor would it interfere with her newfound success in any way.

The only take away here seems to be that some people are their own worst enemies... that and anyone who gets involved with those who are bent on self-destruction do so at their own peril (and are incredibly foolish to go back for seconds... and thirds... and fourths...).

This is histrionic slop. Which is too bad because it could have been a very sympathetic piece.

May 02, 2015

The first film by the Dardenne brothers that I ever saw- it's an outstanding portrait of a young woman on the margins of society fighting to stay alive.

May 09, 2014

Ahh...Rosetta -such mixed feelings about that one & her struggles. An effective film that provokes empathy to her for bravery, determination and for desperately wanting only to feel like a normal person with a means for earning a living & surviving.

Apr 18, 2014

One way to show love for children is to make them laugh with entertaining, uplifting stories. Another way is to express an understanding of their difficulties and to show them a way out. The Dardenne brothers take the latter approach, depicting young people in desperate circumstances and providing them with a mentor or an inner determination that saves them from perdition. Of the six titles readily available, "Rosetta" is my favorite because the rough visual quality reflects the emotional turbulence of the protagonist and her gender demonstrates the brothers? versatility. (Most of the stories feature males in the leading roles.) The interviews following the movies do become more insightful as the directors grow comfortable discussing their work. If you can watch ?L?Enfant? without reaching into the screen and strangling Bruno, you might appreciate the interview in this package for the contribution of the normally taciturn brother, Jean-Pierre Dardenne.

Mar 09, 2014

relentless, gripping, Dardenne-ian. Rosetta is constantly on the move, taking you with her, searching for a normal life.


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