So ROSETTA finally made it to Adelaide. I'm glad it did. To me, the film's naturalist aesthetic is put to better use than in, say, Von Trier's more epic, grandeur plots. I wanted to hate ROSETTA. I don't like cinema being used as a realistic device. But after 30 minutes I was fixed in and ready to consider whatever ideology the Dardenne's were pushing. The reason was a gradual acceptance of the tone of the story. At first, I found Rosetta particularly difficult to empathise with but ultimately this trait, consciously laced throughout her characterisation, proves incredibly alluring because one has to work very hard to be WITH Rosetta in this film. I'm not real big on the social realist definition that always seems to be applied to these type of works, but here at least there seems to be some justification for the fact. Simplicity, directness, justifiable acts of anti-social (but moral) behaviour. As someone who detests a jobs domination overlifestlye, I'm transfixed by Rosetta's needful actions. This is a
very easy film to admire.