Tag Archives: Jean-Pierre Dardenne

Rosetta (1999) Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne, Émilie Dequenne, Fabrizio Rongione, Anne Yernaux, Drama

Rosetta (1999)
The first scene, like almost all others, is a fighting scene. A girl, about 18, is sacked from her factory work because her trial period is over. The girl, Rosetta, is quite upset and the cops will have to arrive to get her out. She has her reasons: she lives in a caravan, with her alcoholic mother. She goes looking for work as some go to the war. Treasons, murders are in her mind, if not in her acts.

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Le fils / The Son (2002) Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne, Olivier Gourmet, Morgan Marinne, Isabella Soupart, Drama, Mystery

Le fils (2002)
Olivier – meticulous, careful, even-handed – teaches carpentry at a vocational school in Liège. He’s asked to take on Francis, 16, a new student. He declines the request then begins to watch, even spy on, the new lad. Olivier knows something. Later that day, he’s visited by Magali, his ex-wife, who tells him that she’s remarrying and is pregnant. Olivier seems to follow instinctive responses: “why today?” he demands of Magali; he continues to follow Francis; he changes his mind about enrolling the youth. What’s the history between the two? After that becomes clear, what is it Olivier will do? Is this precise and measured carpenter in control of himself?

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