Rosetta (1999) is a Belgian film that won the Golden Palm and the Best Actress award at Cannes. My review discusses how the Dardenne brothers choose their subjects, write their original screenplays, and make amazing thought-provoking films, one after the other. My full review is at http://moviessansfrontiers.blogspot.in/2017/11/215-belgian-directors-jean-pierre-and.html
Want to give it five, and I don't know what could be holding me back. Maybe its what makes the film great - that it clings itself to a character so adamantly. Many moments in this film warrant a "ca c'est du cinema!" exclamation If you want to see an entire world pass before your eyes in the course of 93 minutes, here is your ticket. Not poverty porn, as it embraces genuine intellectual contradiction. Emilie!
Rain's pouring down on your crusty clothes, you're tripping and falling in the mud, sweating, running through a humid forest on an empty stomach, getting your leg cut and scratched as you move on, desperately needing a shower to feel fresh but night will come and you'll have to sleep on wet leaves while hunger speaks, get up the next day to find some food and repeat, 'till you give up. Not at all my kind of film.
Rosetta is a modern day fable replete with hidden trinkets, unhelpful adults and moral tests. But as all good fables know the real world is much harsher than fiction. Rosetta's unending march of progress is true tragedy. It's such a seamless technical feat, one that would be a blueprint if it wasn't somehow inimitable. I felt just as strongly that this is one of the purest pairings of form and message, top 10 tier.
Genç bir kadının, yoksunluğun, yoksulluğun, öteki olmanın ağırlığından kurtulamaması ve yer yer saplantıya dönüşen 'normalleşme' çabası. Ve burası elbette diğerlerinin kabulleri ölçüsünde bir hayat sürmenin 'normal' sayıldığı bir dünya; kabullerin dışındaysan ya görünmeyecek ya da çamurlu çizmelerini saklayacaksın bir taşın altına.