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Plot: A look at the lives of two teenage girls - inseparable friends Ginger and Rosa -- growing up in 1960s London as the Cuban Missile Crisis looms, and the pivotal event that comes to redefine their relationship. Runtime: 90 mins Release Date: 09 Aug 2013
Best film so far at the New York Film Festival (by kinolieber)
At the time of writing this review, Ginger and Rosa has a 4.8 rating!! I don't know who these voters are, but this is a very fine film: insightful, funny, and wise. The acting is across the board phenomenal. Cast spoke of long rehearsal period during Q&A and it shows. Every shot captures real life in all its expressive complexity. Elle Fanning, 13 playing 16, gives one of the greatest child performances I have ever seen - truly astonishing as well as touching, funny/sad, and beautiful. Great script, gorgeous cinematography and design, perfectly chosen period music. This is a must-see, <more>
Elle Fanning did what Nadia Comăneci did to Gymnastics. (by dumbodude)
In 1976, Nadia Comăneci scored a perfect 10 in Gymnastics which ultimately redefined the sport and required creation of a new scale by which to measure performances. So to does Elle Fanning in Ginger & Rosa. Critics and audiences are so wowed by her performance, they're at a loss for words. In The Guardian's review used such terms as "eerily good" and "scary good." It's not a movie with a big story, it's a slice of life, teenage angst, and the trials and interactions that set our life trajectories for better or worse. It's beautifully rendered with <more>
loving attention to detail and human warmth. But don't miss this amazing performance by Elle Fanning, who is poised to redefine film acting.
Ginger & Rosa, is one of those films where there is a lot more to it, than what appears on the surface, or at first glance in this case. The film has a shorter running time of only about 90 minutes and it deals with some fairly heavy emotional issues, but what I appreciated about the film is how it kept everything so low key and subtle. The film has a slower pace which did not bother me because it gave me a chance to observe everything I was taking in from this film and helped to establish it's character's emotions and basically who they really are. The characters in this film, <more>
especially the young Ginger, and Rosa do a lot of growing in this film. Particularly because they are young adults and by the end of the film we certainly see that they are crossing over into adulthood. As with any part of growing up, there are good parts of this and also some parts that are trying physically and emotionally and the film does not shy away from that. A lot of films about teenagers today, for the most part rely on out of control parties and heavy alcohol use and sex. A lot of that is often meant to be funny and in a sense is in most comedies aimed at teenagers today, even though as the content suggests the films are really meant for adult viewers. Ginger & Rosa, is a film about teenagers and growing up, yet it does not focus on partying, getting drunk and making fools of themselves. Yes, it does take place in a different decade, the 1960's, but don't fool yourself, such behaviour was ongoing during that time as well. Thankfully this film shies away from that and instead portrays two young woman who have good education and while they may not go to school much, they have a fascination about the things and the world around them. Normal curiosities such as the opposite sex, relationships and trying to prove one's own independence are also here. The characters really are fairly complex though and have more insight and things going on that most teenagers do in films. The adult characters are just as interesting in this film as well. We see them also as human beings going through hurt, different trials and emotional ups and downs in their lives and the film shows that while they are older than Ginger and Rosa, because they are their parents, in a lot of ways they are just as naïve, or perhaps childlike in some aspects of thinking as well. Some supporting characters I found to be quite interesting as well as they act like guardians to Ginger, and really have her best interests at heart and I often found them very interesting to watch because of their philosophies, politics and ways of life. Philosophy and politics do play a role here as it is the 1960's and a time with protests and a real discovery of one's self going on. The acting from the entire cast here is brilliant, but I have to single out young Elle Fanning, who does an absolutely fantastic job playing Ginger. Just in her mid teenage years, Elle Fanning gives a performance that is better than some people twice her age who have been acting a lot longer. At once we see a certain innocence to her character and a curiosity and certain drive that makes her want to achieve things, protest things and follow her heart. We see how much her relationship to Rosa, means to her and how she absolutely adores their time together. We also see how as events unfold in this film she shows signs of both maturity and almost a sense of being completely lost as to not knowing where to turn, or what she is going to do with the rest of her life, or the events that engulf her at the time being. She shows so much passion in this performance, but also so much emotion whether it be happy, sad, or just curious, or playful. There is one scene that almost breaks your heart watching it because her performance feels so real and our heart aches for her and we can feel the pain and how torn she is. This is such a believable and incredible performance that I hope it leads to major awards for her come next year and a successful future career ahead. I applaud her for taking on indie films such as this and Somewhere and Twixt for example and not just sticking to mainstream fare accustomed to her age. Good for you, Elle, you show you have great taste and talent. The film has a dreary look to it that is suggested by fading wallpaper colour in interior shots as well as fluorescent lighting and it really adds to the mood as well. The film certainly has a lot to say about a lot of things and while it doesn't hit you over the head with the message, or it's thoughts, it builds it up slowly and in a subtle way and makes us reflect and think over what we just saw. Everything about this film feels right and is going in the right direction. Ginger & Rosa is the first great film of 2013 and while it is released so early in the year, I hope Elle Fanning and others are not ignored by next year's awards time.
I don't understand, why this movie is rated that bad so far. The topic might not interest everybody 1960, London, two adolescent girls, Cuba-crisis , but this movie is played so magically intensively and sensitive, I really enjoyed watching the movie the whole time.The story is not obvious from the beginning and it is not a gay-movie, as you might think from watching the trailer. It is more about the cold war in bigger terms and problems of growing girls in family terms.Elle Fanning is probably the best young actress of the last years! All other actors play very convincing as well .The <more>
directing of Sally Potter is fantastic as always. I hope the movie will be recognized as it is:A precious gem!
All girls & boys age between 15 - to- 22 must see Film and I am sure you will realize and discover a new path/ views towards life. (by nandhuk-5)
The high contrast between The Real Drama and thriller and action picture. People always get confused in understanding this tiny difference. Ginger & Rosa is purely "clear message oriented Real Drama" then an action / thriller picture. And Sally Potter again did her magic in directing this film. She took variation between characters and displayed them profoundly in narrating the story by balancing all the elements without entanglement to all sensible relation between the characters.From many year I have seen many categories of films and paid tribute to many actors and films for <more>
their extraordinary direction and acting skills and with having that understanding towards these two fields I came with these conclusions. And I give this movie 9/10 without second thought .
The most amazing thing about this film is the interview with Elle Fanning amongst the extras on the DVD. People who saw the film in the cinema will not have seen it, of course. Fanning seems to have been acting since before she was in the womb, and being in front of cameras for her is as familiar as being surrounded by curious crowds must be to performing dolphins in an aquarium. As someone who has been on display all her life she is now 16 , Fanning appears not to have the slightest trace of vanity and is unfazed. In the interview, she seems to be as innocent and good as if she were an <more>
angel who had been sitting on the side of Heaven admiring the view, fell off, and landed down here by mistake, and is making the best of it. Everybody loves not only working with her but even being in the same room with her. Now how rare is that? In this film she gives a powerful and mature performance, despite being only 15 at the time. This is a Sally Potter film, so that it means it is going to be unusual. Sally Potter is an absolute perfectionist. She gets some quirky idea and then bites into it like a bulldog and does not release it until it is perfectly executed. She appears to be an obstinate person, and I wish she had less weird ideas for films. But once we accept that the film is about whatever it is about, we can be certain that it will be exquisitely made, in other words a pure masterpiece of Potterism. Potter, being a woman, has the capacity for deep and profound rapport with her actors and her crew, and they all love her. That is how she gets such spectacular technical results, performances which are classic, camera work and editing which are magnificent, and everything clicks. I love watching and listening to the tango, but I found her tango film THE TANGO LESSON 1997 somewhat irritating because of her quirkiness and her peculiar angle on things. She is far from being an ordinary person. I wish she were 5% more ordinary, whereas with most people I wish they were 95% more weird. That shows how dissatisfied I am with the underlying conceptions she sometimes comes up with, whilst being full of admiration of how she realizes them. I would like to sit down with her, hold her hand reassuringly, and say to her: 'Now, look here, Sally ' But having said all that by way of prelude, I must go on to say that this film is marvellous as a film, and something for all to be proud of. The camera-work by cinematographer Robbie Ryan, so much of which is hand-held, is spectacular, which greatly adds to the effectiveness of this intense and personal work. Together, the director and cinematographer managed incredible intimacy in the presentation of this sensitive tale. Supporting roles are well carried out by four famous actors, Christina Hendricks, Timothy Spall, Jodhi May, and the amazing Annete Bening see my review of BEING JULIA, 2004, where I describe her performance as miraculous , all clearly drawn to the project by Potter's creative reputation and renowned rapport with actors. As Fanning's best friend Rosa, Alice Englert does a wonderful job in the second lead role, which is her first major film appearance. It is no surprise that having done so well, she has gone on to play leads in three new films in quick succession, and we will certainly be seeing a lot more of her, as she is talented, dynamic, and sensuous. Perhaps she takes so naturally to film acting because she is the daughter of the famous director Jane Campion, and her father also was in the film business but seems to have left it in 1996, except to produce a short in 2004. It often makes a difference to be brought up in a family where there is no fear of the camera and making movies is looked upon as a normal occupation. One must also praise the editing of this film by Anders Refn, and once again the closeness of the cooperation between the editor and the director in turning out this flawless realization of Potter's vision. I live in hope that a woman of such talent will one day have a vision more sympathetic to my own interests and inclinations, but that of course is merely my subjective view and has no objective validity. Hence, don't listen to me if I grumble, or take it as any ill reflection upon this film, which is what it is to a consummate degree.
A film about growing up in the turbulent early 60's, Sally Potter gets everything pretty much right. You can smell, feel and touch England in the 60's. The characterisation is excellent, from the self-indulgent and irresponsible adults who provide poor role-models to the young girls who collectively endure a myriad of emotions and motivations as they engage with a changing and insecure world.While the film is occasionally one-paced, it is held together by the stunning performances of the two female leads. While Alice Englert is excellent as the more wilful member of the duo, Elle <more>
Fanning is simply amazing. I recall her "acting" scene from 'Super 8' which first alerted me to her talent, and this is a 90 minute performance of staggering integrity , credibility and skill. I have seen and appreciated many child or young actors in my time and wondered at their naturalness in front of a camera and how the director has got such quality performances from them but this beats all. How a 13/14 year old playing a 16 year-old can be this good an actor beats me. I only hope that away from the camera she grows up supported and protected or, in other words, that this is the beginning of a very brilliant career.
"There is poetry in small spaces, isn't there?" (by doug_park2001)
GINGER & ROSA is a quiet, relatively uneventful coming-of-age tale about two British girls growing up during the time of the Cuban Missile Crisis. Those who want a conventional storyline with plenty of fast action will, understandably, find it rather dull: GINGER & ROSA is driven almost entirely by character, themes, and dialogue. Yet, there is an indescribable magic to this film. After a slow, uncertain start, GINGER & ROSA slowly hypnotizes its audience with very real characters and multiple issues. The "big" global issue of the "the Bomb" is juxtaposed very <more>
well with the "smaller" interrelationships between the characters.Ginger, the protagonist, is an aspiring poet, and the film itself is structured a bit like a poem. It addresses the complexities of growing up, inseparable friendship, the pain that comes when something disrupts it, and many other things. As one who's battled with depression on and off for most of his life, I found GINGER & ROSA very illuminating about the nature of despair, melancholy, and all of that.While intrigued, I still wondered for most of the first 80 or so minutes, "Where is all this supposed to be going?" Nothing terribly dramatic ever happens, but, like a good poem, the fine ending and resolution made me glad I'd stayed with it.
Absorbing & Superbly Acted British Drama (by larrys3)
For those that like cerebral, intense, and absorbing British dramas, this may be your cup of tea no pun intended . The movie is set in London, in 1962, during the Cold War and at the height of the Cuban Missile Crisis, when the United States and the Soviet Union seemed headed to a confrontation that could have triggered a nuclear war.Elle Fanning, in her best performance yet, is mesmerizing as Ginger, a sensitive and intelligent 17 year old, who wants to be a poet. She's greatly affected by the impending showdown between the world's two superpowers. I can understand this, as I was <more>
her age at the time and wasn't sure I'd be coming home from school when the U.S. was ready to board an incoming Soviet ship, in the American blockade of Cuban waters.Ginger begins to attend meetings advocating nuclear disarmament, and joins a Ban The Bomb march. Her best friend Rosa, also wonderfully portrayed by the Australian actress Alice Englert, who reminds me of a young Emily Blunt, is much more of a free spirit. She's more interested in boys rather than world affairs, but also is quite religious.Alessandro Nivola also gives a fine performance as Ginger's father Roland, who's a pacifist and who was jailed during WW2 when he claimed conscientious objector status. He can be very charming but also smug and self-centered and prides himself in disobeying the rules of society. He's also having marital problems with his wife Natalie Christina Hendricks , Ginger's mother, and their constant arguing also weighs heavily on the teen.Roland and Natalie eventually separate and Ginger decides to go live with her father. This means that Rosa will be spending more time with them. When Rosa and Roland begin an illicit affair they seem to be clueless or cruel in their intentions on the effect it's having on Ginger. This will all lead to very tragic consequences.I must mention that 3 great actors add so much to the film in supporting roles. Timothy Spall as Mark, Oliver Platt as Mark Two,and Annette Bening as Bella are all friends of Ginger and her family, and help Ginger as she struggles to cope with life.The British filmmaker Sally Potter did an impeccable job here in writing and directing this movie. It's not for everyone, but I would recommend it for those that really like an intense, emotional film.