Entertainment Weekly

Stay Connected

Subscribe

Advertise With Us

Learn More

Skip to content

Article

Rosetta

Posted on

Rosetta

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
runtime:
95 minutes
performer:
Emilie Dequenne, Emilie Duquenne
director:
Jean-Pierre Dardenne
distributor:
USA
author:
Jean-Pierre Dardenne
genre:
Drama, Foreign Language

We gave it an A

In the profoundly naturalistic slice of life Rosetta, a grimly determined Belgian girl (Dequenne) struggles first to find, then keep, a series of menial jobs while striving for the dignity of a normal life. Observing her performance of both mundane tasks and desperate acts, sibling directors Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne wield an intimately handheld camera, and yet maintain an emotional distance. Their film (which won the 1999 Palme d’Or at Cannes) makes no judgments, jerks no tears. It’s an excitingly rigorous work of art. A