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Rosetta (1999)



Average Rating: 8.9/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 0

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Average Rating: 3.9/5
User Ratings: 3,484

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From the directors of the critically acclaimed La Promesse (1996) comes this stark portrayal of a young woman coming of age at the edge of social oblivion. Rosetta (Émilie Dequenne) lives in a tiny, beat-up trailer without toilets or running water with her alcoholic, irresponsible, and utterly dispirited mother, who requires her frequent care. Rosetta longs to have a "normal" life and become a productive member of society, but even this modest goal seems beyond her grasp. Quietly terrified that

Jul 18, 2000

USA Films

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All Critics (51) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (24) | Rotten (3) | DVD (2)

There's something genuinely religious in Rosetta's stark portrayal of unyielding resurrection.

November 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

a small miracle of a film, one that accomplishes so much with seemingly so little and feels all of a piece, not a moment wasted or misused

October 4, 2012 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

The camera follows right behind Rosetta as she stampedes her way through hardship after hardship, determined to get a fair shake. This puts the viewer in the shoes of Rosetta and we experience her pain firsthand.

September 4, 2012 Full Review Source:

Rosetta (is) a perpetual motion machine constantly racing away from a lens that will always catch up to her.

August 21, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

'An unflinching portrait of the dehumanizing effects of being forced to live hand-to-mouth with no real hope of escaping.'

June 21, 2004 Full Review Source: Cinematic Reflections

Perhaps some of this would have been nominally interesting if Rosetta were slightly likable.

January 5, 2004 Full Review Source:

Fights and struggles to stay afloat literally and symbolically, just like its heroine.

March 7, 2002 Full Review Source: Matinee Magazine
Matinee Magazine

The drama vividly conveys the stunted emotional and spiritual life of a teenager who has no time for anything except the struggle to survive.

March 4, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Some viewers (including a few who walked out when I saw the movie) are going to find the subject too grim and the production too stark - but that's the idea.

February 26, 2002 Full Review Source: Offoffoff

a careful, painful film, but beautiful in its execution

March 21, 2001
Critical Eye

The directors jump into an impoverished, fast-moving life, and never attempt to put on the brakes for the sake of providing audience comfort.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

This is a film made for purists of the cinema.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Audience Reviews for Rosetta

Rosetta is an effective commentary on the social and economic conditions in Belgium through a vivid portrait of a young victim of poverty. Determined.
September 10, 2011
Jan Marc Macababayao

Super Reviewer

The Dardennes don't make bad films. I have yet to see one that doesn't breathe life into characters at the fringes of society. Rosetta is no exception.
July 27, 2012
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

Rosetta isn't a very likeable character, but I still liked the film.
May 20, 2010

Super Reviewer

Young and impulsive Rosetta lives with her alcoholic mother and, moved by despair, she will do anything to maintain a job.

In Rosetta, The Dardenne brothers portrait the daily struggle of a young girl trying to get a job by any means. For her, work means getting a life and finally being someone. But is she ready to do everything to get what she wants, even betray her only friend?

Rosetta is a movie without adaptation, but really rewarding for those who accept to see it through the eyes of the main character. This could be difficult though given the fact that the script never tries to make her look sympathetic. But I think it is a positive aspect of the movie,, she is a "warrior" after all.

Actress Emilie Dequenne really "is" Rosetta. You don't think "Wow, that's a good actress!" here because you face cold reality with a real life character.

One thing I did find annoying,was the wobbly camera technique, don't see,
if you are feeling a little nauseous as I was, however this is only a small criticism. Its around 90 minutes and I think well worth the investment if you like a good character based movie.

My opinion, I hope my friends in here who rated Rosetta so high, wont be mad with me, overall an ok movie, but the end was so confusing and abrupt.
March 15, 2009
Daisy Maduro

Super Reviewer

    1. Rosetta: Your name is Rosetta. My name is Rosetta. You found a job. I found a job. You've got a friend. I've got a friend. You have a normal life. I have a normal life. You won't fall in a rut. I won't fall in a rut. Good night. Good night.
    – Submitted by Chad E (19 months ago)
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