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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


    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.

    Actors (9)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Executive Producer :

    Les Films du Fleuve

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Wild Bunch International

    Co-production :

    ARP Sélection

    French distribution :

    ARP Sélection

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    International releases (23)

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    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

    Full credits (17)

    Executive Producers :

    Laurent Pétin, Michèle Halberstadt

    Foreign producers :

    Luc Dardenne, Jean-Pierre Dardenne

    Sound Recordist :

    Jean-Pierre Duret

    Assistant Operator :

    Amaury Duquenne

    Production manager :

    Véronique Marit

    Editor :

    Marie-Hélène Dozo

    Production Designer :

    Igor Gabriel

    Sales Agent :

    Ludovic Caron

    Location Manager :

    Philippe Groff

    Screenwriters :

    Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne

    Director of Photography :

    Alain Marcoen

    Sound Assistant :

    Benoît De Clerck

    Camera Operator :

    Benoît Dervaux

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Marie-Christine Damiens

    Continuity supervisor :

    Marika Piedboeuf

    Costume designer :

    Monic Parelle

    Sound Mixer :

    Thomas Gauder

    Technical details

    Feature film

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    Sub-genre :

    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 (2)

    Directors (2)

    News (2)

    Festival Selections (11)

    Grand Lyon Film Festival - 2020

    Grand Lyon Film Festival (2020)


    Lumière Award : Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne

    Alice nella Citta - 2019

    Alice nella Citta (Italy, 2019)


    Out of Competition

    BRIFF - 2019

    BRIFF (Belgium, 2019)


    Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival - 2005

    Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival (Taiwan, 2005)


    Panorama Section

    Rotterdam International Film Festival (IFFR) - 2000

    Rotterdam International Film Festival (IFFR) (The Netherlands, 2000)


    Main Program Section Feature Films

    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 (3)