Excellent short that condenses the tragic fate of characters whose plight is overshadowed by the flattened metaphysics that characterizes Boro's work. From the riveting slow pan on criminological findings to Branice's painful confession in close-up, 'Rosalie' finds in Boro's style the perfect romantic release of pent-up emotions from a mute and sanitized social milieu, conveyed by the edited shots of lover and jury.
There's this moment where she's talking about the officer/relative of her employers (who got her pregnant & into this mess) and she looks back & sees her old self, that first love "you don't understand!" I'd do anything for him self, and she's totally overexposed so it's only her floating head... Straightforward only deceptively. Borowczyk was an alien intelligence, expressing his perception via embellishments, 3.5
The first part of the film is beautiful. I love how they utilize the evidence and the sound of sobbing to tell a story of what happened to Rosalie that leads her to her own trial. It is very simple, yet an effective storytelling at the same time.
The opening travelling is close to perfection. You understand everything in an eye blink, you guess what happened from the objects, you hear the sobs in the background. Later on, the editing work as well but i'm not sure about Borowczyk playing once again with objects : stop motion, disappearing... Why ? This has a realistic almost documentary quality and the magic ruins it. Very good adaptation of Maupassant.
Une fois n'est pas coutume, on voit ici le côté sérieux de Walerian Borowczyk. Son adaptation d'un texte de Maupassant joue à la fois sur le minimalisme (un monologue face caméra) et sur un montage habile et soigneusement rythmé (les différentes "pièces à conviction" ponctuent le discours du début à la fin). Le dispositif oblige à regarder, écouter et compatir à cette situation tragique. Du féminisme très efficace !