Thursday, March 28, 2013

Ginger and Rosa: BFFs?

They were born on the same day in 1945 and 17 years later they are best friends for as long as they can remember. But as the great singer/poet of the era told us, "The times they are a-changing."

It's 1962, the Cuban Missile Crisis is looming and life seems precarious. Ginger (Elle Fanning), and Rosa (Alice Englert) react differently to the changing times and the threat of annihilation and these differences test their relationship.

Ginger and Rosa is a coming-of-age story. And a thoughtful tale. It seems the girls reactions to the turbulent time is based on their childhoods and the homes where they grew up. And since it is the beginnings of the groovy, counter culture era of questioning and testing, you can be sure these were not traditional 1950s Mom and Pop homes.

Gina and Rosa is not a cheerful film and some moviegoers were grumbling when they left the theater. Not the Movie Slut. This one is well worth seeing if only to enjoy the excellent cast, including Fanning, Christina Hendricks (of Mad Men fame), Annette Bening and Oliver Platt.

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