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Several comments: first and foremost, British writer-director Sally Potter does an outstanding job transporting us 50 years back in time, when indeed it was a different world. In that sense, this does not feel like a movie made in this day and age, but rather a late 60s or early 70s drama. Second, the use of the nuclear threat to advance the story line works surprisingly well (it includes the Cuban missile crisis, as experienced from afar in the UK).Read more ›
Affecting an Enlish accent with her usual blonde tresses dyed red (eyebrows, too), Fanning is cast, appropriately enough, as Ginger. She is a perceptive, sensitive teen who tries to be pleasing
to all, but is not afraid to speak her mind.
Ginger has a world view and is rightfully fearful of being incinerated in a nuclear holocaust as the Soviet Union and the United States play Russian Roulette brinkmanship that could eradicate civilization. Her fears are not based on youthful over-reaction or paranoia. The possibility of mutual disintegration, particularly in North America, all of Europe and the British Isles were legitimate concerns in the early 1960's. It's the closest our world has come to all-out nuclear war.
Rosa (Alice Englert) despite being Ginger's best friend, is oblivious to politics and believes love and God will solve all problems.
Taking after the political/social values of her quasi-beatnik/pacifist father (Alessandro Nivola) who is estranged from Ginger's more traditional mom (Hendricks), Ginger attends a Ban the Bomb meeting and peace protests.Read more ›
Thisis a quirky film, trite at times but very true. Ginger played byElle Fanning is an exquisite young woman of 17. She lives with her parents, Mother, played by Christina Hendricks ( a strange choice ) and her father, Roland. Roland is an teacher and artistic sorts and a protestor by choice. He is also unfaithful, multiple times it appears, as the parents separate many times. Rosa, played by Alice Englert, is the daughter of Anouska's close friend, her father left at an early age. Ginger and Risa grew up together, and they are best friends. Haddad their first smoke roger, hitchhike to the protests together. They are always together until something pulls them apart.
Ginger's parents are part of a left wing group,which includes a gay couple played by Timothy Spall and Olver Platt. Another friend, in a very bitartrate, Annette Bening, plays a rigorous leftist. A strange pairing, and why these
actors chose these bit parts in this simple film is a question. The protests pay a major part in the film, but it is really the relationships of these young girls and their coming out parties, so to speak. Rsa becomes more interested in sex, and Ginger moves on with her protests. The relationship of the girls suffers as does Ginger's parents. Not good role models., as they come to realize.
I was anxious to see what would occur. What I I'd discover is that Elle Fanning is a beautiful young woman at the age of 13, and a terrific actress. The rest of the cast where fine, but a motley crew. Interesting film.
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Interesting, but didn't quite get the understanding of daughter with her Mom as she seemed to love her Dad more than MomPublished 5 months ago by Henry K. Yip
Wasted talent in a meandering and pointless plot. I usually like these kind of movies, but I kept wondering when it would end. The 91 minutes seemed endless.Published 5 months ago by M. Martinez
Boring with very little integration of the story. Most scenes too dark to see in iPad.Published 5 months ago by Judith C. Talbert