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Rosetta

06 Apr 2002

What is it about Palme D'Or winners these last couple of years? In '98 it was "A Taste Of Cherry", a film about a man who wants to commit suicide. Distinctly uncheery. Then in '99, it's "Rosetta", a film about a young woman who lives with her miserable mother in a trailer park. All she wants is a regular job, and every frame of the film shows her determination to make that happen.

Emilie Dequenne plays Rosetta straight and grim in a jarring performance that made me think of Tim Roth's film "Nil By Mouth". Hour after hour of only the barest hope that the future would be any better than the wretched present.

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Rosetta (IMDB)