‘Love is an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired‘. These words of the great American poet, Robert Frost rings true for this 2012 movie from Sally Potter starring Elle Fanning and Alice Englert. The plot of this movie is concerned with a deteriorating friendship between the best friends Ginger and Rosa when the latter gets in a romantic relationship with the father of the primer.
Watching it ushers back memories from a 1962 French movie ‘Cleo From 5 To 7‘ in their uncanny representation of making love as an affirmation of life. Throughout the movie, Sally creates and nudges the audience repeatedly to comprehend the psychological brutality of the Cold War due to which the characters seem to be consciously adapting themselves to the finality of their lives, thus depriving themselves of the morality of their judgements.
The aspect of this wonderful movie that impressed me the most, and has gone unfortunately unnoticed to the public eye would be the underlying subtext to the dialogues. The scene in which Rosa comes out in open to Ginger about the nature of her relationship with Ginger’s father is breathtaking. The entire scene concerns itself with talks about the nuclear war and the Ten Commandments, however the underlying pathos is evident as anything can be.
One of the great accomplishments a drama can do is paint a story without a villain like A Separation. In a movie titled’ Ginger & Rosa’, Rosa seems vague in her actions as compared to the clear-cut emotional complexity of Ginger. As the movie progresses, Potter succumbs to the need to paint a character where the audience can corner their hate towards, and poor Rosa seems to be the scapegoat. When the movie ended, I was completely befuddled with Ginger’s acceptance of Rosa’s actions which to me seemed so vile in their nature.
Yet, there is so much to admire in this emotionally complex tale of friendship and love and existentialism that it stands out as a must-watch without a shimmer of doubt.
RATING :- 8.5 / 10
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