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Rosetta

Emilie Dequenne , Fabrizio Rongione , Jean-Pierre Dardenne , Luc Dardenne    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Emilie Dequenne, Fabrizio Rongione, Anne Yernaux
  • Directors: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne
  • Format: PAL, Widescreen, Colour
  • Language: Italian, French
  • Subtitles: Italian
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Lucky Red
  • Run Time: 90.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0041KWRSS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 78,480 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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ragazza che vive in un campeggio con la madre alcolista che si prostituisce, soffre della propria condizione di emarginata e si reca ogni giorno in citta' alla ricerca di un lavoro sperando in una vita normale.premi e riconoscimenti1999 - palma d'oro - miglior film festival di cannes

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoughts on Rosetta 27 Oct 2005
Format:DVD
My first reaction at the end of this film was that I'd seen something remarkable, and several years later, after some reflection, I still think so.
The story line is very basic; Rosetta, a girl in her late teens, lives with her alcoholic mother in a permanent caravan park outside a largish industrial Belgian town. As her mother is incapable for most of the time, it has fallen on Rosetta to provide for the two of them as best as she can. Rosetta refuses to sink into the same mire as her mother who is still flirting with prostitution as a means of survival, and desperately wants to find a 'normal' job, however mundane, to furnish an existence that most people take for granted. The film centres on Rosetta's brushes with employment and her fury at various bosses who sack her when they find out her background and the domestic scenes with her mother whom she variously cares for, hates and literally picks up from the floor. The only hope is a local young man who develops some sort of feelings for her, though even this is compromised when she betrays him to steal his job.
The directors have used various methods to depict this. There is the strong flavour of independent cinema and repetition techniques - it is a mighty long way from Hollywood; some scenes are reminiscent of French 'relationship' movies like Betty Blue; others recall traditions of British realism; and then there is the hand held camera.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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I agree completely with the two reviews I read, by Philip Kemp and John Webber. I think the greatest achievement of the directors, Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardene, is to estblish a subjective point of view, of Rosetta's, and never let go of it from beginning to end. The hand-held camera adds to the frenzied pace of this movie, which works despite the monotony. Part of the reason is Emilie Dequenne's amazing performance. She lives not in quiet, but in furious desperation. The idea is to subject this character to every kind of indignity and setback--to lead her to temptation, but to have her resist and remain steadfast. The movie takes no shortcuts; no sex, no rapes, no violence (expected and received in American movies like Boys Don't Cry). All these perils (easy to put in a contemporary movie) are avoided, and yet the sense of Rosetta's desperation and determination hit the viewer smack in the face. An amazing feat of control by the directors and actors. No sentimental tricks here, but a very real emotion--exilaration at Rosetta's only smile at the end.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dardennes do it again - Rosetta Review 12 July 2009
Format:DVD
Another fantastic film from the Dardenne brothers, the winner of the Palme D'Or in 1999. I wouldn't put it in the same category as L'Enfant or Les Silence De Lorna but all the same, a great film. No one does realism quite like the Dardennes in European cinema. At first the film is quite slow but the plot pulls its self together eventually and it shows a fantastic, fulfilling piece of cinema. It felt so realt that at times it was like I was watching a documentary. Another key aspect for me was the absence of any type of soundtrack and although this only served to highlight the reality it still could have maybe done with some music to enhance the emotions a bit more. I think Rosetta's plight is one in which we can identify with but as a viewer I initially felt empathy with Rosetta but I lost this sense of empathy due to the decisions she made. For me, this reduction in empathy made it a great piece of work as it tended to avoid cliche and a usual plot you get in so many films. Fantastic, a very good 65%.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A remarkable film and a remarkable performance. 20 July 2000
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Format:VHS Tape
As I'm writing this before the release of the video, you'll guess that I saw it at the cinema. I went because I knew it had received the Palme D'Or at Cannes, but had no other information on the film at all, so I didn't really know what to expect. My reaction at the end of the film was that I'd seen something remarkable, and 9 months or so later, after some reflection, I still think so. The story line is very basic; Rosetta, a girl in her late teens, lives with her alcoholic mother in a permanent caravan park outside a largish industrial Belgian town. As her mother is incapable for most of the time, it has fallen on Rosetta to provide for the two of them as best as she can. Rosetta refuses to sink into the same mire as her mother who is still flirting with prostitution as a means of survival, and desperately wants to find a 'normal' job, however mundane, to furnish an existence that most people take for granted. The film centres on Rosetta's brushes with employment and her fury at various bosses who sack her when they find out her background and the domestic scenes with her mother whom she variously cares for, hates and literally picks up from the floor. The only hope is a local young man who develops some sort of feelings for her, though even this is compromised when she betrays him to steal his job. The directors have used various methods to depict this. There is the strong flavour of independent cinema and repetition techniques - it is a mighty long way from Hollywood; some scenes are reminiscent of French 'relationship' movies like Betty Blue; others recall traditions of British realism; and then there is the hand held camera. Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars No English subtitles on the DVD
One would expect a dvd being sold on a British website either to have English subtitles or to have sufficient warning that it doesn't. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Lisa Trahair
5.0 out of 5 stars A subtle masterpiece for two of Europe's best film makers
The Dardenne brothers were inspired to make movies by Robert Bresson, the great french film maker, whose influence on the New Wave saw it rise up and abandon the superficiality of... Read more
Published 24 months ago by Pale Rider
4.0 out of 5 stars Realism is An Understatement...
To say that Emilie Dequenne. the young actress playing Rosetta - and who won the Golden Palm at Cannes for her efforts here, is 'plucky', would sound patronising, to say the... Read more
Published on 15 July 2012 by Tim Kidner
5.0 out of 5 stars Cannes is right!
The Dardenne brothers have had a lot of success at Cannes which has led to most of their films getting a cinema release in this country, although not Le Silence de Lorna, as far as... Read more
Published on 29 Feb 2012 by schumann_bg
4.0 out of 5 stars Rosetta grinds you down
First time i saw this i was a bit underwhelmed. Then i was wowed by The Son and gave Rosetta another go. Read more
Published on 6 Jan 2012 by Jan Mecir
4.0 out of 5 stars Desperate Rosetta
Rosetta picked up top prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 1999. Brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne have created a neorealist/documentary set around the bleak circumstances of... Read more
Published on 10 Jan 2011 by S. A. Eeles
5.0 out of 5 stars Rosetta
Dont Know Why But I Love This Film Its Bleak But Brilliant In Its Own Way
Published on 23 Aug 2010 by azrael502
3.0 out of 5 stars A Double slice of Belgian social-realism...
Brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne concern themselves with creating films that put realism on the screen without using artifice or cinematic trickery to distract the audience... Read more
Published on 8 May 2004 by Jonathan James Romley
4.0 out of 5 stars politically correct?
The dogma-style approach taken by the director seems to split audiences who either seem to hate it (as with the previous reviewer) or find it an effective way to enter into the... Read more
Published on 30 Nov 2001
2.0 out of 5 stars Not as great as the hype
Winner of the Palme d'Or this may be, but I ws extremely disappointed with this film. The subject matter is interesting; Rosetta is poorer-than-poor, living in a trailer with her... Read more
Published on 6 Nov 2001
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