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Ginger and Rosa

An official selection at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival™, Sally Potter’s Ginger & Rosa is a powerful and politically charged coming-of-age tale of friendship set in 1960s London, as the Cold War meets the sexual revolution. Writer-director Potter plunges us into the era—during which the postwar generation grappled with social upheaval and radical change seemed just around the corner—and offers a sobering look at the toll this 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; Somewhere, The Curious Case of
Benjamin Button
) and Rosa (newcomer Alice Englert) seem to be inseparable companions. But their friendship falters when Rosa falls under the spell of Ginger’s father, Roland (Alessandro Nivola; Janie Jones, Howl), a charismatic freethinker. Ginger eases her sense of betrayal by immersing herself in the anti-nuclear movement as the Cuban Missile Crisis seizes the world in the grip of apocalyptic anxiety.

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 conveys an entire inner world of conflicting emotions with the subtlest of gestures, while 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, Oliver Platt and Mad Men’s Christina Hendricks. Despite the very different paths their lives may take, 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.


“Just 13 during the shoot, Elle Fanning exhibits and amazing range in Sally Potter’s sharply observed tale of growing up amid the turmoil of nuclear threat and familial discord.”–Todd McCarthy, The Hollywood Reporter

Director: Sally Potter
Cast: Elle Fanning, Alice Englert, Alessandro Nivola, Christina Hendricks, Annette Bening, Oliver Platt
Year: 2012
Runtime: 89 minutes
Country: United Kingdom
Language: English
Distributor: Union Pictures

Ratings: ON NR / BC NR / AB NR / SK NR / MB NR / QC NR / Maritmes NR


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