La Vie Devant Soi (Madame Rosa) (A Life Ahead)
La Vie Devant Soi (Madame Rosa) (A Life Ahead) (1978)

Madame Rosa (Simone Signoret) is an aging former prostitute who, in her dotage, makes a living by caring for the children of other prostitutes in Paris' Arab community. Haunted by memories of her experiences in a Nazi concentration… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: March 19, 1978
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Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Emanuel Levy

This melodrama, which won Foreign Language Oscar, about an aging prostitute taking care of children, is mediocre, but Simone Signoret gives a dominant, utterly compelling performance.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A fine film celebrating the beauty of the human spirit.

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Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan

Signoret is absolutely wonderful.

Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)

Mawkish as hell, but Signoret redeems much of it.