R&A 13: Ginger & Rosa

1 h 30 min  |  Love&Anarchy  |  Release Date: 21.9.2013

A lovely, open performance from 14-year-old Elle Fanning, playing a troubled British teenager at the time of the October missile crisis in 1962, lifts this movie from Sally Potter.

Fanning is Ginger and newcomer Alice Englert is her best friend Rosa; they are best friends forever, and their parents are faintly alarmed at how much time they spend together. But then Ginger notices that her roguishly handsome and smug leftie dad, played by Alessandro Nivola, seems to be very taken with Rosa, who is in turn simperingly flattered. Fanning shows how Ginger is deeply wounded by the double betrayal, and channels her rage and hurt into campaigning for CND, as the world fears incineration by the Cuban missiles.

The older generation in the movie, and the audience, are left to wonder if Ginger's passionate idealism is just a symptom of emotional pain, or if it deserves respect, or if, in some difficult third sense, emotional displacement is partly behind all radical protest. This is a teenage movie that could in other hands have been precious; instead it has delicacy and intelligence.

Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian


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