Ginger and Rosa

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In 1962 London, two teenage girls, best friends since they were toddlers, are driven apart by a scandalous betrayal. Provocative filmmaker Sally Potter (Orlando, The Tango Lesson) has crafted an intimate, riveting coming-of-age story – one made all the more powerful by a revelatory performance by Elle Fanning as the bright, anxious Ginger, increasingly affected by both the misery of her parents (deftly played by Alessandro Nivola and Christina Hendricks) and the era’s all-too-real fears of nuclear destruction. As her private dramas unfold against the backdrop of larger historical events (including the sexual revolution and the Cold War), Ginger proves to be one of cinema’s most fascinating and formidable young heroines. Talented newcomer Alice Englert, the daughter of filmmaker Jane Campion, makes her impressive feature film debut as the troubled Rosa. Featuring a stellar supporting cast including Oscar nominee Annette Bening and Oliver Platt, Ginger and Rosa is a pitch perfect look at the toll the radical age of the 1960s took on the lives of its young idealists. (Dir. by Sally Potter, 2012, UK, 89 mins., Rated PG-13, A24 Films) Digital