Ginger & Rosa Reviews
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.
Starring:Elle Fanning,Alice Englart,Jodhi May,Christina Hendricks,Annette Bening,Alessandro Nivola,Oliver Platt,Timothy Spall
Written and Directed By:Sally Potter
"Because what really matters is to live. And if we do, there will be nothing to forgive."
A plot mixture is not always the best thing in any film but if done right it can lead to something good. I'v seen it done in comic book movies recently but in dramas well let's face facts if there in dramas i barley notice them. I read in a review that this film is a plot mixture as to how or what it's a mixture of I have no clue. But the most shocking thing about this movie to me is that thought both Dakota and Elle Fanning where in this movie and I was wrong.
Ginger & Rosa is about two girls who live in London in the 1960's and dream of being friends forever. Both rebel against their mothers: Rosa's single mum,and Ginger's frustrated painter mother, Natalie. Meanwhile, Ginger's pacifist father, Roland 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,and their American friend, the poet Bella. 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.
I didn't feel much throughout the film but if ever in the film I do feel something it's for the character of Ginger. She is the most interesting of two main girls in the movie. She is an activist who doesn't want to die yet and joins community's about the government not using nuclear weapons. She wants to become a poet like her father once was. The scenes you feel for her the most are in the last thirty minutes of the film. Elle Fanning convey's a sense of misery as her character which is why you feel bad her. She did a wonderful job. Alice Englart and the other characters all do a great job as well.
These two girls get a five out of five from me. If you have the chance to see the DVD or Blu-ray pick it up, it's an amazing film that should be watched.
Ginger & Rosa is a decent film that will not appeal to a mass audience. It is a slow-moving character-study of the film's strongest character, Ginger. Luckily Rosa -- a character who is very hard to like from the get-go (selfish) -- isn't really featured enough to merit her name in the title. Some will see the film as ponderous as the young Ginger strives to find reason and purpose; but she is a realistic character and Fanning is subtle in some scenes and fantastic in others.
The picture is beautiful.