Ginger & Rosa

  • 12
  • Sally Potter (2012)
  • UK / Ger / Can / Den
  • 86 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

Elle Fanning gives an arresting performance in this bracingly original coming-of-age drama from writer/director Sally Potter (Orlando, Yes). She plays Ginger, a British teenager growing up in 1962, whose adolescent troubles are exacerbated by the looming threat of nuclear war and, more directly, by her parents. Dad (Alessandro Nivola) is a radical academic; mum (Mad Men's Christina Hendricks) a one-time painter, resentful of her wifely duties. Ginger finds escape in minor adventures with best friend Rosa (Alice Englert) - until Rosa takes a romantic interest in her dad, which he reciprocates. As a budding social activist, Ginger tries to move on, but, as Potter reveals, free thinking sometimes leads to dark, restrictive places. The changing role of women is also an underlying theme in a many-layered but otherwise simply told story. And while it remains one of Potter's more accessible offerings, the subtle, handheld camerawork sets it apart from more conventional period dramas.

Plot Summary

Drama starring Elle Fanning, Alessandro Nivola and Christina Hendricks. Teenagers Ginger and Rosa become best friends in 1960s London as the Cold War and the Cuban Missile Crisis make the threat of nuclear war ever more imminent. Ginger becomes attracted by her father's activism, but Rosa's choices will lead to upheaval of a more personal nature.

Cast and crew

Cast

Ginger
Elle Fanning
Roland
Alessandro Nivola
Natalie
Christina Hendricks
Mark
Timothy Spall
Mark Two
Oliver Platt
Anoushka
Jodhi May
Bella
Annette Bening
Rosa
Alice Englert

Crew

Director
Sally Potter

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Artificial Eye
Guidance: 
Swearing, sexual references.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 19 Oct 2012
Certificate 12
Categories
Drama