Sally Potter's semi-autobiographical period piece follows two teenaged best friends as they drift apart in 1962 London. Ginger (Elle Fanning), the daughter of a famous bohemian writer, takes inspiration from poetry and the antinuclear movement, while working-class Rosa (Alice Englert, daughter of director Jane Campion) loses herself in nightlife and irresponsible sex. The coming-of-age narrative may be familiar, but Potter is so accomplished in her handling of period and subjective experience that she creates a unique mood. Like Terence Davies's work, this is less about storytelling than immersing viewers in the minute details of an era—what one of the film's characters describes as "the poetry of confinement." The excellent supporting cast includes Timothy Spall, Christina Hendricks, Oliver Platt, and an unrecognizable Annette Bening.
Director: Sally Potter
Producer: Christopher Sheppard, Reno Antoniades, Aaron Gilbert, Goetz Grossman, Heidi Levitt, Joe Oppenheimer and Paula Vaccaro
Cast: Elle Fanning, Alice Englert, Alessandro Nivola, Christina Hendricks, Timothy Spall, Oliver Platt, Jodhi May, Annette Bening, Andrew Hawley and Oliver Milburn