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Ginger And Rosa
From the beginning of her prolific, multidisciplinary career, writer-director Sally Potter has been an avowed provocateur. Iconoclastic and sensual, her films straddle the divide between narrative cinema and the avant-garde. Ginger and Rosa can be seen as Potter's return to the era during which her politics and aesthetics took shape. Like her heroines, both born on the day that the atom bomb fell on Hiroshima and coming of age during the first stirrings of the sexual revolution in early 1960s London, Potter was of the postwar generation that welcomed radical social upheaval. Ginger and Rosa plunges us into that heady moment when change seemed just around the corner — but also offers a sobering look at the toll that this radical age took on the lives of its young idealists.
Cutting class to engage in passionate discussions about politics, gender, sex, religion and hairstyles, Ginger (Elle Fanning) and Rosa (Alice Englert) seem to be inseparable companions. But their friendship falters when Rosa falls under the spell of Ginger's father, Roland (Alessandro Nivola), a charismatic freethinker. Ginger assuages her sense of betrayal by involving herself in the antinuclear movement as the Cuban Missile Crisis seizes the world in the grip of nuclear anxiety. The obliteration of her home life and treasured camaraderie is mirrored in the threat of total annihilation. In both cases, the personal and the global, the world doesn't end. But nothing will ever be quite the same again.
Potter strikes a perfect balance with her two central characters, making Ginger and Rosa at once emblems of Cold War youth and precisely defined individuals in their own right. Fanning, already so impressive in Somewhere and Super 8, conveys an entire inner world of conflicting emotions with the subtlest of gestures, while up-and-coming New Zealander Englert gives what is sure to be a breakout performance. Both young stars receive considerable help from a top-notch supporting cast, including Nivola, Annette Bening and Mad Men's Christina Hendricks. Despite the very different paths their lives end up taking, both Ginger and Rosa speak to us of what it means to be young, alert to the world, and susceptible to all the riches and pitfalls it has to offer. - Cameron Bailey, Toronto Film Festival. Written & directed by Sally Potter. With: Timothy Spall, Alice Englert, Oliver Platt, Jodhi May, Alessandro Nivola, Christina Hendricks, Elle Fanning, & Annette Bening. United Kingdom / Denmark. Year:2012. Runtime: 89 mins.