Ginger & Rosa is a mesmerizing, seemingly poetic film about two young girls discovering who they are at very different points in their lives. They live vicariously through one another: Ginger is more graceful and easy-going, but plays along with Rosa as she wants to make out with boys and smoke cigarettes. They’re rebellious children in the 1960s, at the dawn of nuclear destruction, and Rosa begins her life as Ginger remains stagnant. She begins rebelling even more, becoming an activist, finding her way, as Rosa goes down her own path and discovers love in an odd little place. This is an unsettling film at times, but Elle Fanning and Alice Englert are absolutely wonderful. The story becomes a bit vague in its meaning near the end, but this is a terrifically acted film and an engaging work.
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