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A Feature film by Luc Dardenne, Jean-Pierre Dardenne

Produced by Les Films du Fleuve

Release in France : 29/09/1999

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Production and distribution (3)

Executive Producer :

Les Films du Fleuve

French distribution :

ARP Sélection

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ARP Sélection

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Every day Rosetta leaves for the front – which means she searches for work, for a job that she finds, loses, finds again, is taken from her, that she gets back. She's obsessed by the fear of vanishing, the shame of being a misfit. She wants a normal life just like everybody else, among everybody else.


In my head, I imagined things. I decided that her mother must have had her very young. And that one day her father just left. So, between an absent father and an alcoholic mother, Rosetta must have lacked warmth and love. Which maybe explains her belly ache and her hair-dryer, that electric heat which eases her pain. Rosetta couldn't give a damn how she looks. She can only think of survival. There's no room for cuteness in her life. Before the shoot, I used to wear make-up a lot. Now I hardly ever wear it. That's what Rosetta did to me.

Emilie Dequenne – Actress, excerpt from the press folder

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Full credits (8)

Screenwriters :

Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne

Press Attaché (film) :

Marie-Christine Damiens

Production Designer :

Igor Gabriel

Sales Agent :

Ludovic Caron

Technical details

Feature film

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Psychological drama

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Coproducer countries :

Belgium, France

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Nationality :

Minority French (Belgium, France)

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Runtime :

1 h 30 min

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Posters (1)

Directors (2)


Festival Selections (8)

Rotterdam International Film Festival - 2000

Rotterdam International Film Festival (Netherlands, 2000)


Main Program Section Feature Films

New York Film Festival - 1999

New York Film Festival (United States, 1999)


Films selected

TIFF - 1999

TIFF (Canada, 1999)


Contemporary World Cinema

Cannes International Film Festival - 1999

Cannes International Film Festival (France, 1999)


Official Competition - Feature Films


Cannes International Film Festival - 1999

Cannes International Film Festival (France, 1999)

Awards (2)

Palme d’Or

Award for Best actress : Émilie Dequenne

Delegations (2)