Ginger and Rosa brings viewers in 1960s London. It shows how the threat of a nuclear war has affected the lives of two teenage girls, Ginger (Elle Fanning) and her best friend Rosa (Alice Englert). The two are inseparable. They were born on the same day and have been close since they were small. They start to grow apart as they age and their interests turn to different directions.
During the Cold War, Ginger is worried about the end of the world while Rosa is more laid back and a free spirit. Ginger asks Rosa to go to rallies with her and Ginger starts to become a left-wing radical. During the Cuban Missile Crisis, things get worse for Ginger. Her father (Alessandro Nivola), who was jailed for being a pacifist during World War II, betrays her.
Ginger is comforted by her two godfathers (Timothy Spall and Oliver Platt) and an American activist (Annette Bening). She wants to make a difference in the world. Elle Fanning gives a very heartfelt performance in Ginger and Rosa. The movie is worth seeing just by her performance alone.
But this can’t be said about the movie as a whole. Writer/director Sally Potter fails to keep the interest of the viewers and the serious tones of the movie didn’t help with the overall feel of the movie. Even though it is a short movie with its 90 minute runtime, it feels slow and there are moments that dragged.
The supporting casts are all good in Ginger and Rosa but their performances as well as that of Fanning are not enough to make up for the uninvolved and scattered feel of the movie. The movie has the Ban the Bomb rallies by the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament as a backdrop. It could have been a good movie about what it could have been like for a girl in the 1960s but Sally Potter churns out a dull one.