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Genres: Foreign, Drama, Foreign Drama, French Cinema, Belgium, Criterion Collection

Cast: Émilie Dequenne

Director: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne

Synopsis: The Belgian filmmaking team of brothers Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne (The Kid with a Bike) 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. I's a swift and simple tale made revelatory by the raw, empathetic way in which the directors render Rosetta's desperation, keeping the camera nearly perched on her shoulder throughout. Many have copied the Dardennes' style; few have equaled it. This ferocious film won big at Cannes, earning the Palme d'Or for the filmmakers and the best actress prize for the indomitable Émilie Dequenne (The Girl on the Train).

Language: French

Country of Origin: Belgium (French)

Production Year: 1999


  • "Grabs you by the throat and won't let go.", Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
  • "A film of lingering power... Rosetta stuns.", Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly


  • 1999: Winner, Best Actress, Émilie Dequenne, Cannes Film Festival
  • 1999: Winner, Golden Palm Award, Cannes Film Festival

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