It’s customary enough for British actors to have to perfect their American accents to break into Hollywood, but it’s rare for an English-made, English-directed film to contain almost no British actors. (In this film, only the estimable Timothy Spall carries the right passport.) Poor Christina Hendricks—Joan from Mad Men
—wins the prize for most distracting accent. The young Elle Fanning (the titular Ginger), on the other hand, is a wonder on every front. At heart, Ginger & Rosa
is a deeply melodramatic ’60s coming-of-age girl-buddy flick with a hamfisted nuclear-bomb metaphor and a sociopathic Lothario dad. But the delicacy Fanning brings to her role just plain breaks your heart, even as the lines she’s sometimes asked to deliver do the same. Wonderful to watch an actress discover such hidden depths in often-thin material.