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Rosetta de Luc et Jean-Pierre Dardenne ou le réel en question

Abstract : Cinema appears to be the most adequate art form to express faithfully our visual and aural perception of reality. Yet, however realistic a film might be, its status as a work of art can only be reached in so far as reality has been filtered through the veil of the mise-en-scène. When Rosetta - a film by the Dardenne brothers - was presented in the Cannes Film festival in 1999, some critics argued that it had no artistic value. Others questioned the decision to give Emilie Dequenne the Best Actress Award as, they claimed, being a nonprofessional actress she did not truly act. There lies the question of distinction between an unadulterated reproduction of reality and a work of art, but also the issue of defining a border between reality and representation. This paper will examine the complex notions of "realism" and "representation" in cinema, focusing on the film Rosetta. The underlying assumption is that the Dardenne brothers' artistic approach inscribes itself in a quest toward reality. To what extent does the focus on the main protagonist, Rosetta, the shooting process and the directors'aesthetic choices and mise-en-scène influence the nature of representation and favour the emergence of reality in the film ?
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Marion Ollivier. Rosetta de Luc et Jean-Pierre Dardenne ou le réel en question. Sciences de l'Homme et Société. 2013. ⟨dumas-00858698⟩



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