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Director(s)Stéphanie Di Giusto
Writer(s)Stéphanie Di Giusto, Alexandra Echkenazi, Sandrine Le Coustumer
CountryFrance, Belgium
Running Time1HR 55MINS
Extra InfoEnglish subtitles
SeasonMain Programme

Loosely based on a true story, Stephanie Di Giusto’s second feature (following 2016’s The Dancer) champions a woman who challenges society’s restrictive beauty standards.

1870s, Northern France: Rosalie (Nadia Tereszkiewicz) has a secret – her face and body are covered in hair. She’s concealed her hirsutism all her life, shaving to ensure she’s accepted in polite society. But her perspective changes when Abel (Benoît Magimel, The Taste of Things), an indebted bar owner unaware of her secret, marries her for her dowry. Will the conservative Abel be able to love the real her? If not, why not? And what might happen if she were to reject embarrassment entirely and go public?

Interrogating feminine beauty standards, Rosalie features a winning central performance from Tereszkiewicz as a sensuous, indomitable woman embarking on an intimate rebellion.

An optimistic and open-hearted story about the power of self-acceptance and the truism that we are more alike than we are different, Rosalie is beautifully shot in gorgeous rural France and features an airy, emotive soundtrack by composer Hania Rani.

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