This year’s Beautiful Creatures adaptation introduces actress Alice Englert, the daughter of Oscar-winning filmmaker Jane Campion (The Piano, Bright Star). It’ll be interesting to see whether her career trajectory matches or deviates from that of Twilight star Kristen Stewart, seeing how Englert is likewise balancing out pop cult projects with more radical efforts, such as Sally Potter’s Ginger & Rosa (which is technically her screen debut).
The new trailer for Potter’s film offers a better look at Englert and her costar Elle Fanning (Somewhere, Super 8) as two best friends dealing with newfound desires and political interests – arising from the newfound sexual revolution and Cold War tensions – while living in London circa 1962.
Ginger & Rosa marks the latest example of an ongoing obsession with the 1960s cultural revolution; this time, heading across the pond to continue examining that tumultuous time period. Indeed, some of the criticisms that’ve been lobbied at the film (which toured the festival circuit last year) are that it touches on well-trodden topics – inherent to works about that decade (ex. The Rum Diaries) and the coming-of-age genre in general – without having much of anything new to say. It’s all the more surprising, considering this flick comes from the same cult filmmaker who brought us such perplexing (in a good way) and convention-defying projects like Orlando, The Man Who Cried and Yes.
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Potter’s film features a cast overflowing with acclaimed names, begging even more comparisons between Englert and Stewart’s career choices (see: the Jack Kerouac adaptation, On the Road). That includes Christina Hendricks (Mad Men), Annette Bening (The Kids Are All Right), Timothy Spall (the Harry Potter series), Oliver Platt (X-Men: First Class) and Alessandro Nivola (Howl) in pivotal supporting roles. It’s all the more interesting to note how some of those people aren’t strangers, when it comes to fare looking back at the mid-20th century.
All that said, Ginger & Rosa seems to have solid direction and great performances that elevate what might’ve otherwise been a disposable peek at the past. Besides, as indicated before, both Englert and Fanning are actresses whose careers are just getting underway; hence, this should be a good vehicle for demonstrating their future potential.
Here is an official synopsis for the film:
London, 1962. Two teenage girls – Ginger and Rosa — are inseparable; they play truant together, discuss religion, politics and hairstyles, and dream of lives bigger than their mothers’ frustrated domesticity. But, as the Cold War meets the sexual revolution, and the threat of nuclear holocaust escalates, the lifelong friendship of the two girls is shattered – by the clash of desire and the determination to survive.
Ginger & Rosa begins a limited U.S. theatrical release on March 15th, 2013.