Cinema: Even an Oscar Would Weep

MADAME ROSA Directed and Written by Moshe Mizrahi

She slumps up the tenement stairs, leaking sighs, an old, sick, fat woman with an elastic bandage on one leg. Can this really be Simone Signoret, the stunning actress who won a 1959 Oscar for her role as Laurence Harvey's lover in Room at the Topi? Yes. Time is a carrion-eating bird, and this is what appears left of Signoret, 57, unrecognizable except for those cat's eyes. She is cast all too convincingly as a broken-down ex-hooker who squeezes out a living in a seedy quarter of Paris by being a foster grandmother for...

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