I definitely underestimated how much I would like this movie. Beyond the story, I was really impressed by Elle Fanning as the title character Ginger, a girl who is struggling to understand the world under the threat of nuclear war and the betrayal of those she most loves and respects. It’s fairly rare for young actresses to so genuinely and convincingly portray characters older than themselves (Elle Fanning, who is 14, is three years younger than her character). The overall spirit of the movie is more dark (as even the happier moments are overshadowed by the Cold War threat of nuclear disaster), and it doesn’t follow a particularly novel plot, but I think it quite honestly portrays a number of characters who – under the darkness of the Cold War and general working class struggles – are anxious, dissatisfied, and flawed without imposing harsh outside judgement on them.
Ginger & Rosa (2012).
Director: Sally Potter
Starring: Elle Fanning, Alice Englert, Alessandro Nivola, Annette Bening, Christina Hendricks
Here’s a clip from the movie:
And then the full trailer if you’re interested: