Rosetta (1999)

Rosetta is a 17-year-old Italian girl who lives in a trailer park on the outskirts of the Belgian town of Seraing. She is driven by a need that quickly becomes her singular obsession: securing a steady job and a normal life. Drowning in… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: November 5, 1999
DVD Release Date: July 18, 2000
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Rob Humanick
Slant Magazine

There's something genuinely religious in Rosetta's stark portrayal of unyielding resurrection.

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Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis

Rosetta (is) a perpetual motion machine constantly racing away from a lens that will always catch up to her.

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Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine

Fights and struggles to stay afloat literally and symbolically, just like its heroine.

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

a small miracle of a film, one that accomplishes so much with seemingly so little and feels all of a piece, not a moment wasted or misused

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Derek Smith
Cinematic Reflections

'An unflinching portrait of the dehumanizing effects of being forced to live hand-to-mouth with no real hope of escaping.'

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

The drama vividly conveys the stunted emotional and spiritual life of a teenager who has no time for anything except the struggle to survive.

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Eric Melin

The camera follows right behind Rosetta as she stampedes her way through hardship after hardship, determined to get a fair shake. This puts the viewer in the shoes of Rosetta and we experience her pain firsthand.

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Michael Dequina

Perhaps some of this would have been nominally interesting if Rosetta were slightly likable.

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Joshua Tanzer

Some viewers (including a few who walked out when I saw the movie) are going to find the subject too grim and the production too stark - but that's the idea.

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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
Jan Marc Macababayao
Rosetta is an effective commentary on the social and economic conditions in Belgium through a vivid portrait of a young victim of poverty. Determined.
Robert Brogan
Rosetta is a good film to watch as a break from your typical ultra-polished CGI-filled fare. The handheld camera work was fine and gave the film a… More
Cameron Johnson
"All I want to do when I wake up in the morning is see your eyes, Rosetta, Rosetta!" Yeah, I don't know if this film is quite that upbeat, not… More
Robert Fearon
Rosetta isn't a very likeable character, but I still liked the film.
John Ballantine
The Dardennes don't make bad films. I have yet to see one that doesn't breathe life into characters at the fringes of society. Rosetta is no… More
Daisy Maduro
Young and impulsive Rosetta lives with her alcoholic mother and, moved by despair, she will do anything to maintain a job. <a… More