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Ginger & Rosa

By MATTHEW KORFHAGE
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.
 
  • Genres: Drama
  • Running Time: 90 minutes
  • Release Date: Friday, October 19, 2012
  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Language: English
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13 [ Disturbing Thematic Material, Drinking, Involving Teen Choices, Language, Sexuality, Smoking ]
  • Critic's Score: B-
  • Starring: Elle Fanning [Ginger], Alice Englert [Rosa], Alessandro Nivola [Roland], Christina Hendricks [Natalie], Timothy Spall [Mark], Oliver Platt [Mark Two], Jodhi May [Anoushka], Annette Bening [Bella], Andrew Hawley [Tony], Oliver Milburn [Roger]
  • Directed by: Sally Potter [Director], Sally Potter [Screenwriter], Christopher Sheppard [Producer], Reno Antoniades [Executive Producer], Aaron Gilbert [Executive Producer], Goetz Grossman [Executive Producer], Heidi Levitt [Executive Producer], Joe Oppenheimer [Executive Producer], Paula Vaccaro [Executive Producer], Robbie Ryan [Cinematographer], Anders Refn [Film Editor], Carlos Conti [Production Design], Andrea Matheson [Art Director], Liz Griffiths [Set Decoration], Holly Waddington [Costume Designer], Irene Lamb [Casting], Heidi Levitt [Casting]
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