This extremely bleak film–a grim look at the details of a 17-year-old girl’s life–is unsettling on all levels. Shot with a hand-held camera, it’s physically nauseating as well as mentally disturbing. We are privy to the ungainly Rosetta’s harsh life from her life in a trailer park where she deals with poverty and her drunken mother. All she craves is a normal life, but in the outer world, she struggles to find a job and has awkward interactions with the opposite sex. This 1999 Cannes winner is ugly, depressing and raw, but likely true. [belgium, 1999]

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