Michael Sauter
July 21, 2000 AT 04:00 AM EDT

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

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