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La Vie Devant Soi (Madame Rosa) (A Life Ahead)

La Vie Devant Soi (Madame Rosa) (A Life Ahead) (1977)

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Release Date: Mar 19, 1978 Wide

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Madame Rosa (Simone Signoret) is an aging former prostitute who, in her dotage, makes a living by caring for the children of other prostitutes in Paris' Arab community. Haunted by memories of her experiences in a Nazi concentration camp, Rosa is seized with the notion that the Gestapo is still after her. She thus begs one of her young charges (Samy Ben Youb) not to give away her "hiding place." Madame Rosa was based on Momo, a novel by one Emile Ajar (better known as Romaine Gary). ~ Hal

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This melodrama, which won Foreign Language Oscar, about an aging prostitute taking care of children, is mediocre, but Simone Signoret gives a dominant, utterly compelling performance.

April 1, 2011 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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Signoret is absolutely wonderful.

October 30, 2004

Mawkish as hell, but Signoret redeems much of it.

March 18, 2004

A fine film celebrating the beauty of the human spirit.

January 24, 2004 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
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