After a forever-long search, I finally found Ginger and Rosa on
It premiered in 2013,
to independent movie theaters around the U.S.,
but debuted at the Toronto Film Festival in 2012.
It’s a period drama about 1960’s London,
a cityscape in the forefront of
the two seventeen-year-old heroines multi-layered,
of Ginger (Elle Fanning)
and Rosa (Alice Englert).
Ginger, a redhead born to teenage Nat in 1945, is a burgeoning existentialist and poet.
She is a peace activist with an interest in
(or obession with) nuclear disarmament.
Her friend, Rosa is a practicing Catholic,
but loosely moral in most other respects.
When Nat and Roland,
separate, this time
Roland takes up with Rosa,
whose own father
when she was little.
(This is particularly twisted,
and I, the reviewer,
did not like this plot device at all.)
Ginger and Rosa’s friendship founders quite dramatically
as the nuclear war and sexual revolution flourish,
but Ginger finds hope,
hope in her godfathers and their friend Bella,
hope in the peace activist she meets at a disarmament rally,
and hope in herself.
The movie ends with a final twist,
writing in her diary in the hospital
(shh! not telling anymore…)
and is quoted as saying.,
“I forgive you, Rosa,”.
This is an excellent movie,
plotted like a
its acting spectacular,
especially Elle Fanning as Ginger,
and Timothy Spall, and Oliver Platt as the
convincingly good-humored godfathers.
Annette Bening, who played Bella, was also superb.