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Madame Rosa

6.5
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Original title
La vie devant soi
Year
Running time
105 min.
Country
France France
Director
Screenwriter
Moshé Mizrahi (Novel: Romain Gary)
Music
Philippe Sarde, Dabket Loubna
Cinematography
Néstor Almendros
Cast
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Producer
Lira Films
Genre
Drama
Movie Groups
Romain Gary Adaptations
New
Synopsis / Plot
Madame Rosa lives in a sixth-floor walkup in the Pigalle; she's a retired prostitute, Jewish and an Auschwitz survivor, a foster mom to children of other prostitutes. Momo is the oldest and her favorite, an Algerian lad whom she raises as a Muslim. He asks about his parents; she answers evasively. As she ages and takes fewer children, Momo must do more for her; as money is tight, he tries to earn pennies on the street with a puppet. He's a beautiful man-child, and Madame Rosa makes him promise never to sell himself or become a pimp. A film editor, Nadine, befriends him, and his father appears as well. Madame Rosa reaches her last days in fear of hospitals, and Momo must act.
Awards
1977: Oscar: Best Foreign Language Picture
1977: Golden Globes: Nominated Best Foreign Film
1977: David di Donatello Awards: Best Foreign Actress (Simone Signoret)
1977: César Awards: Best Actress (Signoret) 3 Nominations
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