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I really enjoyed watching this film and I recommend seeing it in the theaters. I found this film to be very beautiful, moving and interesting. I enjoyed both the characters and the the time of flux they live in. The film was real and emotional and I also found it to be very relatable. The film is pretty modest and very well-observed, I think the lead actresses also add a lot to this film. Elle Fanning is wonderful, she is very natural and can portray many different emotions without any difficulty, it was a real pleasure to watch her. Overall, I thought his film was quite good and I think it is worth seeing on the big screen.
Oh my gaaaaawwwwd! As a sixteen year old girl I could totally relate to this movie but I honestly dont know how I would react if this happened to me in real life! My bestie hooking up . . . with my DAD??!! True, the father is not married in the movie, he has long since left the mother of the girl (who gives a TREMENDOUS performance, by the by). The thing I liked so much about this movie was that it wasn't the usual stuffy British period piece so I could relate to it. I also love how the girl who played the role was so utterly believable in it. She did the whole thing with so much honesty that I almost forgot I was watching a movie...when she was on screen I totally forgot I was watching a performance. She is that good. Personally, I thought she was better than even Jennifer Lawrence was in her Oscar winning role in Silver Linings Playbook. This one is a true revelation.
Wow, wotta performance from Elle Fanning! I literally could not believe my eyes when I read in the film literature that the actress was just 13 years old when she filmed this performance! How anybody that young could be so talented is beyond me. She's like an older version of the child actor Dakota Fanning who wowed so many of us with her litany of amazing and precocious performances. I think the thing that really makes this movie work is the way in which the two lead actresses portray their bond. They are super attached from the word go and nothing can stand between them, not until one of them decides that she would like to be with the other one's father. It seems like a terrible betrayal but the girl is convinced that she's in love....little does she know that she's upending the world of the girl whom she has loved more than any other being on the planet since the day she was born. It's great stuff and deserves to be seen by more than art house aficionados.
Many things will amaze you in the new movie Ginger & Rosa – the subject matter alone is pretty scandalous, considering it centers on the love affair between an adult man and his teenage daughter’s best friend. But mostly you will marvel at the truly astonishing performance put in by the young actress Elle Fanning who was only aged 13 at the time of filming. This is a movie that disturbs and enlightens in equally astonishing measure.
The story begins in August of 1945 when two infants are born in the same maternity ward of a London hospital. 17 years later the girls are fully grown and have blossomed into two formidable young women named Ginger (Elle Fanning) and Rosa (Alice Englert). Ginger is a more outspoken, activist type while Rosa is more focused on the internal struggle of her spirituality. When a romance erupts between Rosa and Ginger’s father Roland, the young women are challenged in ways that are both understandable and unexpected. How can you not, for example, be happy when your best friend finds true love? Even if the object of the love is your father. The struggle to find answers is writ large on the expressive face of Ms. Fanning.
The narrative starts out very strong (almost too strong, arguably) and then things begin to simmer down just as the story heats up. That may have been a deliberate move on the part of writer-director Sally Potter to keep things from getting too melodramatic, but it rings false in pivotal moments and only Fanning’s performance can hold the entire picture together at the end of the movie. This will likely prove to be the best breakout performance by a young actress since Jennifer Lawrence in Winter’s Bone.
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