Madame Rosa (1977): Simone Signoret Shines in Mizrahi’s Best Foreign Language Film Oscar

Oscar-winning French actress Simon Signoret (“A Room at the Top,” 1959) gives a wonderfully heartfelt but not sentimental performance in the title role of Madame Rosa.
Madame Rosa

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Signoret plays an aging woman who’s a survivor of the Holocaust (Auschwitz concentration camp), making a living by taking care of children of her fellow prostitutes in Paris. With her health rapidly declining, an Arab boy she had raised, takes care of her needs, and a special bond evolves between them.
Directed by Paris-based Israeli director Moshe Mizrahi, “Madame Rosa” won the Best Foreign Language Oscar. 
Well-shot by ace lenser Nestor Almendros, the film also features Claude Dauphin and director Costa-Gavras as an actor.
Oscar Alert
“Madame Rosa” won in a category that included “Iphigenia” from Greece, “Operation Thunderbolt” from Israel, “A Special Day” from Italy, and “That Obscure Object of Desire” by Bunuel from Spain.
Directed, written by Moshé Mizrahi
Produced by Jean Bolvary
Cinematography Néstor Almendros
Edited by Sophie Coussein
Music by Dabket Loubna

Release date: November 2, 1977

Running time: 105 minutes