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Rosetta/La Promesse [DVD] [2000]

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  • Actors: Jérémie Renier, Olivier Gourmet, Assita Ouedraogo, Émilie Dequenne, Fabrizio Rongione
  • Directors: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne
  • Writers: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne
  • Producers: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Arlette Zylberberg, Claude Waringo, Hassen Daldoul
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: French, Romanian
  • Subtitles: English
  • 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: 15
  • Studio: Artificial Eye
  • DVD Release Date: 17 April 2001
  • Run Time: 180 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00005B5XH
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 108,429 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Double bill from directors Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne. In 'Rosetta' (1999), the teenage title character (Emilie Dequenne) struggles to look after herself and her alcoholic mother on a caravan site in present-day Belgium. When she is made redundant, Rosetta befriends waffle salesman Riquet (Fabrizio Rongione) and manages to find another job, but this does not last long, and she eventually finds herself considering suicide as a means of escape. In 'La Promesse' (1996) fifteen-year-old Igor (Jérémie Rénier) helps his father Roger (Olivier Gourmet) employ illegal immigrants to work on building sites. Then, when one of the workers is seriously injured after a fall from some scaffolding, Igor promises to look after the man's wife (Assita Ouedraogo) and child, an encounter which gradually alerts him to the gulf between his own values and those of the workers.

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Belgian miserabilism might sound like an instant turn-off but Rosetta, the winner of the 1999 Palme d'or at Cannes, is gripping right from the start. Made by brothers Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne, former documentary-makers, the film tracks a young woman who lives with her alcoholic mother in a caravan park on the outskirts of Liége as she desperately tries to get a job. It literally follows her story: the Dardennes use a handheld camera that hugs Rosetta's shoulder, plunging us into her dead-end world and making us share her urgent need for "a real job and a normal life".

In the title role, first-time actress Emilie Dequenne gives an astounding performance. With her square, sullen face, stumpy walk and outbursts of indignant violence, she radiates fury and grim determination. Whether bullying her wretched mother or betraying the only person who ever showed her kindness so that she can grab his job, she's never for a moment ingratiating, and the Dardennes avoid all special pleading: we're told nothing of how Rosetta got where she is, or why. Yet she holds our sympathy despite everything, and the ending, when for the first time the glimmer of a gentler emotion lightens her features, brings more sense of real uplift than any dozen mainstream feel-good films. --Philip Kemp --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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