Ginger & RosaGinger & Rosa

by Sally Potter

Ginger

Synopsis

London, 1962. Two teenage girls - GINGER & ROSA - are inseparable. They skip school together, talk about love, religion and politics and dream of lives bigger than their mothers' domesticity. But the growing threat of nuclear war casts a shadow over their lives. Ginger (Elle Fanning) is drawn to poetry and protest, while Rosa (Alice Englert) shows Ginger how to smoke cigarettes, kiss boys and pray. Both rebel against their mothers: Rosa's single mum, Anoushka (Jodhi May), and Ginger's frustrated painter mother, Natalie (Christina Hendricks). Meanwhile, Ginger's pacifist father, Roland (Alessandro Nivola) seems a romantic, bohemian figure to the girls. He encourages Ginger's ‘Ban-the-Bomb' activism, while Rosa starts to take a very different interest in him. As Ginger's parents fight and fall apart, Ginger finds emotional sanctuary with a gay couple, both named Mark (Timothy Spall and Oliver Platt), and their American friend, the poet Bella (Annette Bening). As the Cuban Missile Crisis escalates - and it seems the world itself may come to an end - the lifelong friendship of the two girls is shattered. Ginger clutches at one hope; if she can help save the world from extinction, perhaps she too will survive this moment of personal devastation.

Director

Sally Potter directed her first feature, THE GOLD DIGGERS, starring Julie Christie, in 1983. Potter then made a short, THE LONDON STORY, and several documentaries before the internationally acclaimed and multi-award winning ORLANDO (1992), starring Tilda Swinton, which Potter adapted from Virginia Woolf's classic novel. This was followed by THE TANGO LESSON (1996) and THE MAN WHO CRIED (2000), starring Christina Ricci, Johnny Depp and Cate Blanchett. In 2004 Potter made YES, starring Joan Allen, Simon Abkarian, and Sam Neill. Potter's last feature film, RAGE (2009), starred Judi Dench, Jude Law, Steve Buscemi, Simon Abkarian and Dianne Wiest and was the first film to premiere simultaneously in cinemas and on mobile phones.

Filmography
2009 RAGE
2004 YES
2000 THE MAN WHO CRIED
1997 THE TANGO LESSON
1992 ORLANDO
1983 THE GOLD DIGGERS

Cast

Elle Fanning
Annette Bening
Alessandro Nivola
Alice Englert
Christina Hendricks
Timothy Spall
Oliver Platt
Jodhi May

Crew

Written & Directed: Sally Potter
Producer: Christopher Sheppard, Andrew Litvin
Production: Adventure Pictures, Miso Film

Technical Data

Format: HD / 35mm / Colour / 1.2:35 / Dolby SRD 5.1 + Dolby SR 2.0
Length: 90 min
Language: English

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