Ginger & Rosa

6 May 2014

written and directed by sally potter, Ginger & Rosa is, in my opinion, one of the most beautiful movies I've ever watched. most people or at least, majority of the people around me, have never heard of this movie before which is not surprising, considering how this movie was never shown in cinemas here.

starring elle fanning and alice englert, the story revolves around two inseparable best friends in their teenage years, nostalgia overwhelmed in discussion involving just about anything and everything - from dreams and truancy to politics and religion. their friendship, however was jeopardized when the cold war came barging in, accompanied by the sexual revolution and nuclear catastrophe during the October Crisis. what first began as a friendship drowning in truancy has now been replaced by complexity and determination with a chance of survival and finding the right place.

as a photography enthusiast, this movie won my heart through its beautifully breathtaking directing and cinematography it almost felt like I was watching a series of prints from an analog 35mm coming up to live. when it comes to movies, I'm always up gorgeous directing as well as cinematography; there's no need for constant bombarding CGI and visual effect. in fact, it's fun to take a break from blockbuster movies with loud explosions and blue-green sparks dancing in the air and go watch something that is way softer, a lot more calming and mellow.

plot-wise, it's organized and neat and it's really something I appreciate so, so much. I hate messy, "jumping everywhere" storyline and this movie is certainly the opposite. I love the fact that sally potter tackled the idea of politics and romance and conjoined the two ideas by building a twin bridge we see in Ginger and Rosa. they are similar yet at the same time, so different.

both actresses played their parts beautifully. I've always had my bet on elle fanning anyway, ever since I saw her in j.j.abrams' super 8. alice englert, however, I watched her in beautiful creature first before this one and she was just as good.

if you are a sucker for melodious movies with rich setting and photography (y' spike jonze's her or peter jackson's the lovely bones), give this try. last point though, it just saddens me how the movie was not screened here and that not a lot of people are aware of this.


  1. I think I'm one of the majority that doesn't this movie as well :P
    But I like your enthousiasm about the movie ^__^ Makes me
    want to watch it! I loooove Elle Fanning, she's such a gorgeous
    girl and I've a lot of movie where she was just a toddler!

    //REPLY: I use a 12-50 MM lens :P and nope, the kiwi jam was
    bought from the supermarket haha Xx

  2. For some reason, this is not my favorite genre of a movie to enjoy, but it is something I'd read in a book. If there is a book on which this film is based, I'd give it a read. Maybe it's already out there? Maybe not? If so, I'd definitely consider reading it.

  3. This sounds like a good movie. I'm sure a book version would do great too. I'll definitely keep this in mind when I get the time to watch movies. Elle Fanning's a great actress, but I'm not a fan. Her acting in Super 8 was great and I can't wait to see her in Maleficent. I haven't heard of her co-star though. Hihi.

  4. I actually recently saw a trailer for this movie. It's an indie film so that's why it's not in theaters everywhere. I mean, if it doesn't even play here in the main movie theaters, it really does only play in select movie theaters that show indie films. I think it might be on Netflix....but I'm not sure haha because that's where I saw the trailer, so maybe I'll find it & bookmark it to watch.

    Love ....just absolutely stunning movies. Have you seen O Brother, Where Art thou? Stars George Clooney & other famous actors you might like. Cinematography is absolutely breathtaking. You know what else you would enjoy? That one movie about the hotel....with Jude Law...& it's by that one director that hipsters get hard ons for...uhhh GOSH DARN IT WHAT IS HIS NAME WES ANDERSON THERE WE GO. Okay yeah, that new movie by Wes Anderson about the something long name hotel. You should see that. Also visually stunning. Wes Anderson really likes centering his subjects so there's lots of negative space around the main focus of things. Long movie, but thoroughly enjoyable.

  5. found your blog months too late but...this movie really seems beautiful. two pages in and I'm liking your movie reviews and recommendations. :D (thing is, I seem to like anything Elle Fanning that are indie films since I've been a fan of her film with Coppola at the helm and co-star Kiefer Sutherland who was awesome btw, Somewhere). Will check this out~ I somehow find Alice Englert pretty, too. :)

    Looking forward to more of your movie reviews and stuff. :D



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