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Elle Fanning Carries Visceral 'Ginger & Rosa'

April 11, 2013

“Ginger & Rosa” is a trivia lover’s dream. It’s a British movie in which American actors play five of the eight main characters. It features a gifted child star and a gifted former child star. It boasts three Screen Actors Guild Award winners and one cousin of Princess Diana. Several members of the cast have famous relatives in the film industry.

But the impressive thing is that not one of those factoids interrupts the absorbing story or detracts from the brilliant acting of the film.

“Ginger & Rosa” is easily writer-director Sally Potter’s most accessible and appealing film since her 1992 breakout, “Orlando.” It isn’t a feel-good piece; there’s enough to disturb most viewers. But Potter constructs a compelling emotional story against a vivid backdrop that should strike a chord with today’s audiences.

The film opens with scenes from Hiroshima in 1945, reminding viewers of the destructive power of nuclear weapons (hello, North Korea). That same year, Natalie (Christina Hendricks) and Anoushka (Jodhi May) are side by side in a London hospital, giving birth to daughters as their spouses wait in a hall. Read More