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  • Format: AC-3, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • Release Date: July 23 2013
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
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Beautiful cinematography along with Sally Potter's creative story telling and editing style makes for a nice film. Well acted. Definitely not as memorable as "Orlando" but worth a watch.
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It didn't do much for me - don't know why. Found it boring.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa126b840) out of 5 stars 125 reviews
25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0902258) out of 5 stars Tender yet also intense coming-of-age drama April 19 2013
By Paul Allaer - Published on Amazon.com
"Ginger & Rosa" (2012 release from the UK; 90 min.) brings the story of two young women, Ginger (played by Elle Fanning) and Rosa (played by Alice Englert), growing up as 17 year olds in 1962. As the movie opens, we see the mushroom cloud of the atomic bomb which was just unleashed over Hiroshima, and indeed the nuclear threat hangs over the movie from start to finish. Ginger and Rosy are "BFFs" as it would be called these days, even though they are very different. Ginger is the romantic poet who will quote Simone de Beauvoire ("who?" asks Rosa), and when Ginger wants to protest against the nuclear bomb, Rosa retorts "we should pray". In the end, they do both, going to church and then going to an anti-nuke demonstration. Meanwhile, Ginger's parents are having their own domestic problems, Roland being the free-spirited professor who want to "break the rules, all the rules". Rosa certainly notices the troubles too as she starts to fancy Roland. At that point we are about half-way into the movie, and to tell you more of the plot would ruin your viewing experience. Will Rosa and Roland become an item? Will Ginger's mum and dad find a way to solve their marital issues? What will become of Ginger and Rosa's friendship "for life"? You'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.

Several comments: first and foremost, British writer-director Sally Potter does an outstanding job transporting us 50 years back in time, when indeed it was a different world. In that sense, this does not feel like a movie made in this day and age, but rather a late 60s or early 70s drama. Second, the use of the nuclear threat to advance the story line works surprisingly well (it includes the Cuban missile crisis, as experienced from afar in the UK). Third, the acting performances are ace throughout, although special kudos to Elli Fanning, featuring flaming red hair, who exudes a confidence and screen presence that belies her age (she is still only 15). Last but not least, kudos also for the excellent soundtrack, featuring music from those days. I literally hadn't heard The Shadows' "Apache" in ages (maybe even decades). There is also a number of jazz tracks from the likes of Thelonious Monk and Dave Brubeck.

The screening I saw this at the local art-house theatre here in Cincinnati was very well attended, I am happy to say, which gives me hope that there is an strong appetite and demand for this movie. Bottom line: this is a little gem of a movie, a tender yet at times intense coming-of-age saga and family drama. This is miles away from your standard Hollywood fare, but if you are in the mood for something small yet personal, you cannot go wrong with this. "Ginger & Rosa" is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f9ed1b0) out of 5 stars Solid adult entertainment Oct. 7 2013
By vox39 - Published on Amazon.com
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The Brits still are doing it a way that eludes Hollywood. You don't drown on action in this movie. You focus on character development.
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f9f13cc) out of 5 stars Beautiful film March 31 2013
By Rock Report - Published on Amazon.com
I just saw this movie in a very sparsely attended matinee. If they could have booked it at our art-house theater, I believe the seats would have been filled. This film is totally beautiful and enthralling. The story is a slice of life, coming of age, period drama, set in the early 60, England. The DVD cover shows the characters that we will be most concerned with. Both young actresses give a phenomenal performance!
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f90fab0) out of 5 stars Remarkable performance by Elle Fanning energizes this film April 28 2013
By Austin Gallaher - Published on Amazon.com
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This remarkable, small film arrived and departed in the blink of an eye. There were only a handful of people in the audience when I saw it. I did not know who the director was and I had never seen a movie with Elle Fanning. If you like quality acting then you should definitely buy the DVD of this film. This film has the the kind of performances that we rarely see. And Elle Fanning (who was only 13) gives one of the best performances I have ever seen by any actor at any age. If you want to see an actor completely disappear into their role this is a film you will watch more than once. Be prepared. This film was advertised as a "coming of age" film about two teenage girls who are watching their friendship disintegrate; however this film takes in a lot of psychological ground and slowly builds to an emotional intensity that is searing.
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HASH(0xa094e738) out of 5 stars ELLE FANNING: A YOUNGER NATALIE PORTMAN Sept. 1 2013
By Michael Bramble - Published on Amazon.com
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I have never watched the same film two nights in a row. Until now. "Ginger & Rosa" starring---let me emphasize this---STARRING 13-year old Elle Fanning. In this 2012 production from Great Britain, the youngest of the Fanning sisters gets top billing oversuch established stars as Annette Bening, "Mad Men's" Christina Hendricks and Oliver Platt. OK, it only makes sense she is recognized for the top spot. After all, she is the main character in this London-based film as it addresses the expected Armageddon emanating from the Cuban missile crisis in 1962. Intended or not, the film is a coming-of-age showcase for Fanning's prococious talent.

Affecting an Enlish accent with her usual blonde tresses dyed red (eyebrows, too), Fanning is cast, appropriately enough, as Ginger. She is a perceptive, sensitive teen who tries to be pleasing
to all, but is not afraid to speak her mind.

Ginger has a world view and is rightfully fearful of being incinerated in a nuclear holocaust as the Soviet Union and the United States play Russian Roulette brinkmanship that could eradicate civilization. Her fears are not based on youthful over-reaction or paranoia. The possibility of mutual disintegration, particularly in North America, all of Europe and the British Isles were legitimate concerns in the early 1960's. It's the closest our world has come to all-out nuclear war.

Rosa (Alice Englert) despite being Ginger's best friend, is oblivious to politics and believes love and God will solve all problems.

Taking after the political/social values of her quasi-beatnik/pacifist father (Alessandro Nivola) who is estranged from Ginger's more traditional mom (Hendricks), Ginger attends a Ban the Bomb meeting and peace protests. An inappropriate relationship develops between two members of the Ginger/Rosa families which causes emotional pain to Ginger. But, instead of directly dealing with this conflict, Ginger overly-obsesses about the possibility of nuclear war as she subliminates the more immediate, real and personal problem that is causing her additional stress and near-emotional breakdown. Finally, in the most-intense scene of the film, both extended families meet and Ginger, in a teary whisper of revelation shares the secret that has torn her apart, This candid confession may prove fatal to one family member but the possible death is never made clear. And that's all I'm saying. I've given hints but no total spoilers are being offered in this review.

Elle Fanning acts with youthful charm and, at times, adult emotion. She's an actress with talent, poise and timing way beyond her years. Her performance as Ginger, particularly in the revelatory scene alluded to above, is the most powerful and insightful acting by a young female of this age since Natalie Portman's debut in the mid-1990's with "Leon: The Professional" followed by "Beautiful Girls." In the 2013 awards season, Fanning was nominated for Best Young Actress by the Broadcast Film Critics Association and Best Performance by an actress in a British Independent Film.

Written and directed with sensitivity by Sally Potter. She worked in collaboration with a great cast that pulled together during their five-week shoot in Dungeness, Kent, England to create insighful cinema. (According to IMDb, the film has earned $1,005,700 as of May 31, 2013. Probably cost much more in production and talent costs. A sad commentary on the mass, movie-going public who obviously prefer bloated, repetitive green-screen monstrosities over thoughtful film-making. Such is the lot of the independent film community. Hopefully, the secondary market of DVD sales/rentals and pay-per-views, etc. will help the producers to recoup their investment.)

Special kudos to cinematographer Robbie Ryan for his active, free-form shooting throughout the film. Specifically, the last scene where he perfectly lit Fanning's face as she interpreted a voice-over poem of hope and forgiveness. The lighting caused an amazing metamorphosis as Fanning's face seemed to mature into an older and wiser young lady with attendant thoughts, understandings and perceptions in conformance with her physical change.

"Ginger & Rosa" is honest film-making populated by well-written, fleshed-out characters showing the human condition from altruistic, humane idealism to boorish, deluded selfishness. Director Potter's latest creation earns four stars out of five. Strongly recommended.

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