London, 1962: Two teenage girls, Ginger and Rosa, are inseparable. They play truant together, discuss religion, politics and hairstyles, and dream of lives bigger than their mothers’ frustrated domesticity. But as the Cold War meets the sexual revolution, the lifelong friendship of the two girls is threatened.
Sally Potter (b. 19 September 1949 in London) is an English film director and screenwriter.
Having left school at sixteen to become a filmmaker, Sally Potter joined the London Film-Makers’ Co-op and started making experimental short films. She later trained as a dancer and choreographer at the London School of Contemporary Dance, before founding Limited Dance Company with Jacky Lansley.
Potter went on to become an award winning performance artist and theatre director, with shows including MOUNTING, DEATH AND THE MAIDEN and BERLIN. In addition, she was a member of several music bands (including FIG and The Film Music Orchestra) working as a lyricist and singer. She collaborated (as a singer-songwriter) with composer Lindsay Cooper on the song cycle OH MOSCOW which was performed throughout Europe, Russia and North America. Her music work continued later when she co-composed with David Motion the soundtrack to ORLANDO, and produced the score for THE TANGO LESSON. Her most… read more
Potter captures the time period well with a new generation coming of age living in fear of nuclear holocaust while still having to deal with familial problems including the betrayal by a best friend and a father. Fanning, Nivola and especially Hendricks are great here and what the film lacks in narrative is compensated for by a wonderful visual style and said performances. A nice return to form.
As I'm reading a book about the architect Adolf Loos, I watch Ginger and Rosa for yet another time. The ending still kills.
Sumptous visuals and a great turn by Elle Fanning are enough to give it 3 stars. Their seems to be something more that should have come out of this material.
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