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Rosetta / La Promesse

'Rosetta' (1999, 90 mins) Winner of the 1999 Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival and widely hailed as a masterpiece, 'Rosetta' is an extraordinary portrait of a resourceful teenage girl struggling to find her way in a tough world. Written and directed with great skill and energy by writer/director brothers Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne, the film stars newcomer Emilie Dequenne, who won the Cannes Best Actress award for her outstanding realisation of the title role. 'La Promesse' (1996, 90 mins) Made three years earlier, 'La Promesse' is the story of fifteen year old Igor, who helps his small time crook father run a scam illegally employing immigrants on building sites. But when one of the workers is fatally injured, Igor promises to look after the man's wife and child - a promise that changes Igor's life forever.

Year: 1999
Genre: Dutch & Belgian Cinema, Cannes - Palme d'Or, Film Festivals 2000, Best of the 1990s, Spiritual Cinema, Movies (1001 You Must See Before You Die)
Country: Belgium, France
Director: Luc Dardenne, Jean-Pierre Dardenne
Starring: Emilie Dequenne, Fabrizio Rongione, Anne Yernaux, Jeremie Renier, Olivier Gourmet
Duration: 180 Minutes
Rating: M - Contains offensive language and sexual references.
Subtitles: Yes
Location in store: Foreign (Netherlands & Belgium)
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