Ginger & Rosa: New York Film Festival 2012

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New York Film Festival 2012: Ginger & Rosa

New York Film Festival 2012: Ginger & Rosa


The main reason to see Sally Potter’s teen-anxiety drama, set in a vividly re-created 1962 London, is the luminous presence of Elle Fanning. Swinging out with her adventurous friend Rosa (Alice Englert), Fanning’s Ginger adopts the pose of a radical, quaking over impending nuclear holocaust and trying to cast off the bourgeois niceties of dating and clothes for political protest. But when her professor dad strays too far into personal freedoms, Ginger is undeniably wounded, staring back across the dinner table not with boldness, but with the same betrayed eyes as her mother (a superb Christina Hendricks), the parent to whom she might be more kindred. Potter swaddles the movie in too much frizzy-haired nostalgia, a spell that doesn’t quite jibe with her central theme of familial responsibility. Still, the performances capture a sweet idealism.—Joshua Rothkopf

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