Movie Review: GINGER AND ROSA

“I loved you Rosa but we are different. You dream of everlasting love. Not me. Despite the horror and the sorrow, I love our world, I want us all to live.”

Ginger (Elle Fanning) and Rosa (Alice Englert) are two inseperable teenage girls, growing up in 60s Britain, during the time of the cold war. They are forced to come to terms with the fact they are growing apart in this uncertain world they live in.

Sally Potter’s coming of age tale is beautifully shot, superbly acted, poetic and artistic. While these are all positives, they can also be classed as negatives. Not all will be enthralled by the beautiful imagery that is on the screen, or forgive some of the drawn out scenes. For some, this will be the downfall of the film. The amount of beauty does not necessarily make a passionate, beautiful film. While the essence of the film is good, there is just something missing, and that something is passion.

Elle Fanning tries to inject the passion but it’s too much to put on one person. Fanning’s performance as Ginger is a stand out. At 13, she is playing a 16 year old with not a bother on her. Fanning elicits passion, beauty, honesty, rawness and humour, way beyond her years. This is the role that many will look back on as the one that made her mark in Hollywood!

She is supported wonderfully by a superb cast which includes, Timothy Spall, Oliver Platt, Christina Hendricks and Annette Benning.

Despite it’s slow pacing, which could frustrate many an audience member, it will manage to get under your skin for all the right reasons. This is a film that challenges you to think about your own life, question friendships and the choices you make. And if a film can do that, then, while it may not be a masterpiece, it has still, at the very least, left its mark!

Ginger and Rosa opens in Irish cinemas today.

That’s Entertainment!
Sarina 🙂

About The Bellissimo Files

Hi, I’m Sarina Bellissimo and this is the place I come to indulge in my love of all things entertainment. I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t fascinated by all things Hollywood/showbiz. I blame my parents! As a child my mum used to force me to watch old Elvis Presley films with her, and both my mum & dad would take my brothers and I to the Drive-In to watch the latest films (this is where my love for ROCKY began!). When not watching movies, I was trying to figure out ways to pull the back off the TV so I could somehow get into it and be a part of all the action on the screen! This blog isn’t a place that revels in gossip and negativity. It’s a place where entertainment is celebrated. That said, this is a place you can turn to for honesty. Honesty and criticism don’t always mean attacks. I choose to criticise the piece of work but not the person and I acknowledge that just because I don’t like something, it doesn’t mean someone else won’t. Here you’ll find interviews with some of the biggest names in the world of Entertainment, reviews, breaking news and my very own musings. Away from The Bellissimo Files, you can find me on Spin 1038 on Saturdays, between 1pm and 3pm,presenting Plan B. There’s celebrity interviews, entertainment news, the low down on the must see movies and music releases of the week, the ultimate guide to what’s on where in the city, as well as masterclasses with experts on standby to answer listeners’ questions. I also appear on TV3’s “Elaine” panel, talk movies on “Ireland AM” and you can sometimes hear me filling in on Moncrieff’s “Movies and Booze “(Newstalk) The Bellissimo Files is constantly evolving. Files (topics) will be added or deleted as time goes on. Feel free to read, watch, comment, share, and make suggestions for what you would like to see on the site. Sarina
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