Ginger & Rosa

Ginger & Rosa

DVD - 2013
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Two teenage girls, Ginger and Rosa, are inseparable: they play truant together, discuss religion, politics and hairstyles, and dream of lives bigger than their mothers2 frustrated domesticity. But, as the Cold War meets the sexual revolution, and the threat of nuclear holocaust escalates, the lifelong friendship of the two girls is shattered by the clash of desire and the determination to grow up.
Publisher: [United States] : Lions Gate Home Entertainment, 2013
Branch Call Number: DVD DRAMA Gin
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (90 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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1KLIP1
Aug 26, 2017

Go figure this one ..... today we have North Korea and USA in a similar , not cold war situation threatening the A-Bombs to rain on America's head and I see no teens getting even slightly anxious about it???? Ok movie to endure without the feeling to push that "eject" button.

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Nursebob
Feb 06, 2015

Ginger and Rosa’s mothers gave birth to them in a London hospital just as The Bomb was being dropping on Hiroshima. Seventeen years later, at the height of the Cuban Missile Crisis, the effects of that explosion are still being felt by Ginger (a phenomenal Elle Fanning) who has become a neurotic activist convinced that the world will end tomorrow. Rosa, on the other hand, has become a bohemian who still believes in “eternal love” even as she bums free cigarettes and the occasional snog from willing strangers. Yet the two are the best of friends, sharing a free-spirited delinquency much to the consternation of Ginger’s frustrated artist mother and the delight of Roland, her anarchist father who still nurses the cross he acquired when he was jailed for being a conscientious objector. But when Rosa’s quest for love everlasting goes too far a rift develops between the girls causing Ginger to contemplate mushroom clouds of a different variety. There is some psychological meat to this teen drama especially when Ginger’s paranoia about global destruction is taken for the emotional metaphor it’s clearly meant to be. The carefree relationship between the two friends is realistically portrayed making the final fireworks and resolutions all the more believable. But there is a lack of momentum as the story gets bogged down in a series of bombastic exchanges whether it’s Ginger going off the rails with her “Ban the Bomb” rhetoric, mom’s bleeding martyr lamentations, or dad’s pretentious prattle on freedom from societal conventions which he selfishly uses to justify some unjustifiable behaviour. Even a surprise cameo by Annette Bening as a raspy-voiced American agitator amounts to little more than liberal clichés and feminist musings. Only Ginger’s gay godfather Mark (Timothy Spall) seems to have any practical sense about him and he’s relegated to a supporting character. Unevenly edited with a script that wavers between family drama and adolescent soap, but the sense of teenage angst—a cliché in itself—set against a backdrop of civil unrest is handled with aplomb.

jpdanzig Nov 22, 2014

Earnest but excruciatingly boring cold war drama. Better viewed as a drinking game -- take a chug every time a character pouts or cries, and you might find your time better spent. Also, a law should be passed that Brits act in British films and Yanks in American films, to guard against the ersatz accents heard here. Ugh...

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ncs1961
Aug 27, 2014

Excellent coming of age story - well acted and heartbreakingly touching. I appreciated the fine acting - much detail and nuance in even the secondary characters. Difficult to watch in places - women finding their places and then living with their choices in an imperfect world.

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forever_ice17
Jul 04, 2014

I really liked this film. The best part is Elle Fanning's performance which is her best that I have seen so far. I loved the cinematography too.

LaughingOne Mar 01, 2014

Apart from the fact that many of the scenes were filmed at night or in dark interiors, which made it a bit hard to see well on a television screen, the movie did a good job portraying what teenage girls might have lived through in the early 1960s. I know because I was one then. These teenagers' lives were a bit murkier than my own but I definitely could relate to them.

bbonier Feb 09, 2014

The acting and cinematography are excellent, but the plot is unoriginal, tired and slow moving.

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Daylight62
Jan 02, 2014

Interesting well-acted movie.

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jds1
Dec 29, 2013

I felt this was a somewhat dark movie. Mostly melancholic. Elle Fanning portrayed her character well, thus the somber mood. No real happy moments in this movie, but life is sometimes like that.

dollfacecrafter Dec 06, 2013

yuck, no plot, boring

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