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Rosine

Christine Carriere?s 1995 debut neatly delineates the shifting allegiances among a precociously wise teenager, her young and lonely mother, and a father who returns after a long absence. Rosine, a gawky, self-doubting girl (Eloise Charretier in a quiet, Bressonian performance), lives in a drab, provincial French town with her mother, who works in a factory, and Carriere methodically records the dull but comforting life of a working-class neighborhood (similar to the gray environs of the British “kitchen sink” dramas in the 60s). She reveals with great empathy the girl?s feelings of attraction and jealousy toward the man who?s suddenly rejoined the household, and after a long, deliberate setup the story becomes more engrossing as the father turns abusive. But Carriere may have overplayed her hand by injecting too much melodramatic horror late in the game, and she settles for an inconclusive climax that prevents any sort of catharsis.

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