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Monday, November 12, 2012

GINGER AND ROSA

By D.E.Levine

A NYFF50 Selection

Sally Potter's seventh feature is a melting pot of teenage angst and emotions amplified by the fear and politics surrounding the Cold War era.

Focusing on the friendship between Ginger (Elle Fanning) and her best friend Rosa (Alice Englert), two girls born on the same day that the atom bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, we see the emotional trauma and internal anguish that the two teenagers experience while living in a society that fears mass destruction.

Despite the setting, the story that Potter has fashioned, is timeless.   Dealing with paternal disillusionment and sexual confusion, Ginger is a typical confused teenager trying to come to terms with her problems and emotions.

We see a mixture of passion and adolescent awkwardness with political activism.  In addition to Fanning and Englert, Timothy Spall and Christina Hendricks give strong performances.  However, the film never excites, and the story has been told before.

While an admirable effort, it's an entertaining but now great film.