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.
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"I loved you Rosa. Don’t you see? But we are different, you dream of everlasting love. Not me. Because what really matters, is to live, and if we do there will be nothing to forgive. But I’ll forgive you anyway."
Nuclear metaphor grabs all the attention but Potter's screenplay is too clever to let it dominate. This isn't a story about how cute and fun and righteous the sixties were - thank fuck, too. It's about people who cling to abstract political convictions in the absence of empathy, spinning parental absenteeism as a moral stand, belittling their spouses. If you take not-Michael Fassbender at face value, you're a donkus.