Lawrence O'Toole
June 04, 1993 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Madame Rosa

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
performer
Simone Signoret
genre
Foreign Language, Drama

We gave it an A

As Madame Rosa, an Auschwitz survivor and former street walker who runs a small hostel for the children of the demimonde, Signoret — her hooded eyes glinting with mistrust and her face ravaged into a map of a million moments — hobbles away with the movie. Madame Rosa is a tape you’ll want to watch more than once, as the great French actress keeps you riveted to small changes of mood, the expressive hesitancy in her hands, and impatient shrugs of her shoulders. A

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