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 brings sets it apart from more conventional period dramas.

Plot Summary

Two teenage girls living in 1960s London have been best friends all their lives, but their relationship is strained as the Cuban missile crisis places the world on the brink of nuclear war. While one becomes involved in a protest movement, the other seeks meaning in her life through sexual experimentation. Drama, starring Elle Fanning, Alice Englert, Christina Hendricks, Annette Bening and Timothy Spall.

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

Add new comment