Capital Celluloid 2022 — Day 159: Fri Jun 10

 Rosetta (Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, 1999): BFI Southbank, NFT3, 8.50pm

This 35mm presentation is part of the Big Screen Classics strand at BFI Southbank. You can find all the details via this link here.

Time Out review:
A deserving Palme d'Or winner at Cannes '99, Rosetta is in the same, grim realist mould as the Dardennes' earlier La Promesse; it, too, offers a glimmer of hope through the prospect of friendship. Teenage Rosetta (Emilie Dequenne) has it tough: living in a trailer park with her promiscuous, alcoholic mother, she tries to hang on to whatever mundane jobs she can get, but for all her determination and hard work, bad luck and her surly, volatile disposition repeatedly tell against her. Is life really worth living? Using very little dialogue and long, hand-held tracking shots (the relentlessly restless visuals perfectly reflect Rosetta's unsettled life, the secret to which is provided only halfway through the movie - and even then, subtly), the Dardennes never sentimentalise their heroine but respect the mysteries of her soul; the result is a film almost Bressonian in its rigour and power to touch the heart.
Geoff Andrew

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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