31 October 2017

Ginger and Rosa

Ginger and Rosa 2012
  • Director: Sally Potter
  • Based on the book: no
  • Cast: Elle Fanning, Christina Hendricks, Alessandro Nivola, Alice Englert, Timothy Spall, Oliver Platt, Annette Benning
  • Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor in:
    • Elle Fanning – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, I Am Sam
    • Christina Hendricks – Madmen
    • Alessandro Nivola – The Darwin Awards, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Face/Off
    • Alice Englert – Beautiful Creatures
    • Timothy Spall – Mr Turner, The Love Punch, Harry Potter, The King’s Speech, Alice in Wonderland, Sweeney Todd, Auf Wiedersehen Pet, My House in Umbria, All or Nothing, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Topsy-Turvy, Our Mutual Friend, Hamlet, Spender, Life is Sweet, Gothic, Quadrophenia
    • Oliver Platt – 2012, Frost/Nixon, Bullworth, Benny and Joon, Postcards from the Edge, Working Girl, Married to the Mob
    • Annette Benning – The Kids Are All Right, American Beauty, Mars Attacks, Richard III, The Grifters, Postcards from the Edge
  • Why? It sounded good
  • Seen: 22 October 2017      

       Ginger and Rosa are best friends in London in 1962. They share the excitement and fear of boyfriends and the Bomb. Ginger wants to protest against the Bomb, Rosa wants to pray.
       They experiment with smoking, clothes, hitchhiking, politics. They are pitiless in their judgment of their mothers. Rosa is in love with Ginger’s father Roland who has been in prison as a conscientious objector during the war and who weeps when listening to Schubert. Ginger is a poet, a thinker, an observer. She suffers from normal teen-aged angst compounded by intense anxiety over the imminent threat of nuclear war and confused hurt over Rosa’s affair with Roland.
       It’s a quietly intense film about deep, confusing, complex feelings in a world whose complete destruction hovers in the background. It’s not a happy film. Ginger: ‘Happiness is not an option when one knows the world could be blown to bits any minute.’
       In every sense of the words this is a film that shows that the personal is political. It’s powerful with a powerful performance by all, especially young Fenning as Ginger.

4 ½ * of 5   

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