Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.
France/Belgium, 1999. ARP Sélection, Canal+, Centre National de la Cinématographie, Centre du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, La Laterne Nationale, La Regie Wallone, Les Films du Fleuve, , Radio Télévision Belge Francophone. Screenplay by Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne. Cinematography by Alain Marcoen. Produced by Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne, Laurent Petin, Michele Petin. Music by Jean-Pierre Cocco. Production Design by Igor Gabriel. Costume Design by Monic Parelle. Film Editing by Marie-Helene Dozo. Cannes Film Festival 1999. European Film Awards 1999. Toronto International Film Festival 1999.
Palme D’Or winner for Best Picture at the Cannes Film Festival, with Émilie Dequenne also collecting Best Actress for her natural and unmannered performance as a trailer park-living woman who longs for legitimacy in the class-conscious world around her. Living with a self-destructive, alcoholic mother and having very little money and no friends, Dequenne’s Rosetta is a lonely woman for whom getting a job at a waffle kiosk is the means to obtaining a whole new life, no matter what she has to resort to to get it. It’s all done with exceptionally good taste, as the Dardennes brothers don’t spend their entire time directing the film with pretentious flourishes or unnecessary symbolism. On the other hand, it’s never all that moving or impressive either.
The Criterion Collection: #621