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Ginger & Rosa (2013)



Critic Consensus: Elle Fanning gives a terrific performance in this powerful coming-of-age tale about a pair of teenage girls whose friendship is unnerved by the threat of nuclear war.

Movie Info

London, 1962. Two teenage girls - GINGER & ROSA - are inseparable. They skip school together, talk about love, religion and politics and dream of lives bigger than their mothers' domesticity. But the growing threat of nuclear war casts a shadow over their lives. Ginger (Elle Fanning) is drawn to poetry and protest, while Rosa (Alice Englert) shows Ginger how to smoke cigarettes, kiss boys and pray. Both rebel against their mothers: Rosa's single mum, Anoushka (Jodhi May), and Ginger's frustrated painter mother, Natalie (Christina Hendricks). Meanwhile, Ginger's pacifist father, Roland (Alessandro Nivola) seems a romantic, bohemian figure to the girls. He encourages Ginger's 'Ban-the-Bomb' activism, while Rosa starts to take a very different interest in him. As Ginger's parents fight and fall apart, Ginger finds emotional sanctuary with a gay couple, both named Mark (Timothy Spall and Oliver Platt), and their American friend, the poet Bella (Annette Bening). Finally, as the Cuban Missile Crisis escalates - and it seems the world itself may come to an end - the lifelong friendship of the two girls is shattered. Ginger clutches at one hope; if she can help save the world from extinction, perhaps she too will survive this moment of personal devastation. (c) A24more
Rating: PG-13 (for mature disturbing thematic material involving teen choices - sexuality, drinking, smoking, and for language)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Sally Potter
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 23, 2013
Box Office: $1.0M
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Jodhi May
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Critic Reviews for Ginger & Rosa

All Critics (106) | Top Critics (29)

Coming from anyone else, Ginger & Rosa would be a sensitive if predictable coming-of-age tale set in the mists of the distant past. But coming from writer-director Sally Potter, it's a major surprise.

Full Review… | March 29, 2013
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

A near-flawless film, beautifully shot and cut, excitingly performed and deeply felt.

Full Review… | March 28, 2013
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

After a career defined by cinematic experimentation, director Sally Potter trades affectation and stylistic experimentation for not-so-simple intimacy and empathy, helped of course by rich performances from her cast, young and not-so-young.

Full Review… | April 10, 2016

Anchored by a brilliant performance from young Elle Fanning, who renders the usual teen angst and disillusionment as something both deeply felt and oddly mysterious. The kid is a natural.

Full Review… | April 28, 2015
Philadelphia Weekly

Ginger and Rosa is a small flick that reminds audiences how exciting it is to see raw and sincere performances despite what kind of package they're delivered in

Full Review… | July 7, 2014

Fanning's illuminating, naturalistic the best reason to see the movie

Full Review… | June 27, 2014
Windy City Times

Audience Reviews for Ginger & Rosa

Elle Fanning's performance and Sally Potter's beautiful direction and wonderful utilization of 1960s atmosphere allows Ginger & Rosa to become more than the sum of its parts. It's a coming of age story and a period piece all rolled in to one, but more importantly its a character study that miraculously transfers the protagonist's deeply emotional internal tension to the audience with incredible power.

Sam Barnett
Sam Barnett

Super Reviewer


As corny as this may sound, Ginger(Elle Fanning) and Rosa(Alice Englert) are well-nigh impossible to separate since before they were born when their respective mothers(Christina Hendricks & Jodhi May) met in a maternity ward in 1945. Together, they confront their nuclear fears in different ways. Ginger takes to protests and meetings while Rosa finds religion.

While Rosa has never really known her father, Ginger has Roland(Alessandro Nivola) as her father, as he prefers to be known to her, when he is not sleeping elsewhere which includes his boat. As Roland puts it, he refused to enter the military during World War II, and was jailed for his beliefs, the worst part being in solitary, but is too self-righteous to wonder why people did not act differently than he did.

Ever since her first feature, the classic "Orlando," Sally Potter's films have sadly been a prime case of diminishing returns. With her latest, the evocative, yet flawed "Ginger & Rosa" which moves to its own syncopated rhythm to match the jazz records on the soundtrack, she arrests that trend somewhat by thoughtfully exploring the connection between the personal and the political while not being the first person to conflate nuclear family and nuclear explosions. By having another red-headed protagonist who seeks to be a poet, Potter is saying there is nothing greater to fear than being alone at a time in 1962 when the world was facing nuclear annihilation, which concerned citizens responded with protests in England.

Note to self: get a jazz band for the next protest.

Walter M.

Super Reviewer


It seems while Dakota Fanning was in the U.K filming the detestable "Now is Good", her much more talented little sister, Elle, was in the same country shooting Sally Potter's latest. It's a cliched 1960's coming of age tale which mixes the plots of "The Squid & the Whale" and this year's "Albatross" but lacks the charm of either. In recent years we've become used to seeing American movies starring Brits but here it's a reversal with most of the lead roles played by Americans. Robbie Ryan's cinematography and Fanning's performance are both commendable but otherwise there's little of interest on display.
The Movie Waffler

Super Reviewer

Ginger & Rosa Quotes

Roland: You do realize that god is an invention ? Every man needs to struggle for his own authority.
– Submitted by Maryam Z (2 years ago)
Roland: There's a poetry in small spaces, isn't there?confinement can be utterly beautiful , but only if its a matter of choice .
Rosa: What do you mean?
Roland: Well , a prison cell ,on the contrary , is the ugliest expression of minimalism .
– Submitted by Maryam Z (2 years ago)
Ginger: 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.
– Submitted by Mati M (2 years ago)
Ginger: When we were born, for some it was the end. Now it seems there may not be tomorrow. But despite the horror and the sorrow, I love our world. I want us all to live.
– Submitted by Mati M (2 years ago)

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