Rosetta is THE archetype of an unstoppable young woman. She’s just barely out of adolescence, taking care of her alcoholic mother with whom she shares a caravan. She’s driven by a survival instinct that makes her constantly rush, not walk, look for jobs everywhere and a way to go about daily life. She’s in this position because the roles in her family have reversed.
The first scene is a great character establishing one. Rosetta gets fired, the camera is raging around her, and in her anger she starts kicking the owner demanding for the reason of her dumping.
Rosetta has routines: she catches fish in bottles in a pond - to eat. She hides her good shoes in a ditch and slips into her rubber boots when she comes back from town.
She has a goodnight mantra that she recites in a call and response routine: “"Your name is Rosetta. My name is Rosetta. You found a job. I found a job. You’ve got a friend. I’ve got a friend. You have a normal life. I have a normal life. You won’t fall in a rut. I won’t fall in a rut. Good night. Good night.“
She’s always on the lookout, always ready. She doesn’t have friends and when she almost makes one, she almost lets him drown in a lake. Later, when understand why. There’s no stopping to the complexity of this character. One of the greatest in the last 20 years of cinema.