Rosetta (Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne, 1999)


The close-up hand-camera movement is tantamount to Rosetta’s suffering, desperation, and tunnel vision. As her “friend” enters and exits the tiny frame, encircling her with his motorcycle, she powers forward until she ultimately breaks down. While the aesthetic can be somewhat distracting and the authorial command of this otherwise highly naturalistic film may be off-putting, the technique perfectly befits a film of this nature. A character study unlike any other, Rosetta challenges both filmic and social conventions through its unflinching gaze towards adolescent suffering.

93/100 – Masterful

5 Stars


About Kamran Ahmed

I have a Masters in Cinema Studies from the University of Toronto. I work as a freelance writer and film critic in Vancouver. My writing is primarily distributed through Next Projection, an online film journal based in Toronto.
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