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1,968 Ratings


Belgium, France, 1999


The Belgian filmmaking team of brothers Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne turned heads with Rosetta, an intense vérité drama that closely follows a poor young woman struggling to hold on to a job to support herself and her alcoholic mother.

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Rosetta Directed by Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

1999 | 2 wins including: Palme d'Or

1999 | Special Mention: Prize of the Ecumenical Jury

Independent Spirit Awards

2000 | Nominee: Best Foreign Film

The key difference is that Rosetta, unlike Mouchette, is no withering wallflower. She’s portrayed, in a remarkable debut performance, by Émilie Dequenne, who split the Best Actress prize at Cannes with Séverine Caneele from L’humanité. Dequenne, whose soft, cherubic features belie her sometimes feral intensity, plays Rosetta as a force of pure determination, bounding from one short-lived job opportunity to the next.
July 11, 2013
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Rosetta, whose dogged protagonist trudges from one odd job to another, is one of the all-time great films about work and how it consumes and shapes our lives as both a means of survival and a badge of identity. Put another way, few films have so vividly revealed the link between economic insecurity and existential terror.
August 25, 2012
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When I saw it in New York for the first time a few months [after in screened at Cannes], it left an enormous roomful of filmgoers stunned and speechless. I was no exception. Rosetta is indeed a great film, but it has a fearsome unity, an unshakable commitment to rendering the contours of a destitute life and the ever present possibility of spiritual transformation, that are altogether uncommon, even within the Dardennes’ formidable body of work.
August 14, 2012
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