CHRIS TOOKEY: All-star cast of Ginger and Rosa bombs in this missile crisis disaster
00:03 GMT, 19 October 2012
Ginger and Rosa (12A)
Verdict: Preachy self-parody
Sally Potter’s films have been on a steep downward spiral since her success with Orlando 20 years ago.
Her new, very small-scale British film, set during the Cuban missile crisis of 1962, has attracted a stellar cast but I imagine that’s chiefly because of its Left-wing politics.
The best thing about it is U.S. actress Elle Fanning as a 17-year-old CND supporter called Ginger, who is shocked when her conscientious objector father (Alessandro Nivola) has an affair with her best friend, Rosa (Alice Englert).
Lefties: Englert as Rosa and Fanning as Ginger complete the all-star cast in this film flop
Many people will be baffled as to how this movie attracted funding from the British Film Institute, writes Chris Tookey
With Ginger’s mother played by Christina Hendricks, and older members of the cast including Annette Bening, Oliver Platt and Timothy Spall, you’ll be expecting a much better film than the one on offer.
Potter chooses not to challenge the characters’ unanimous faith in unilateral nuclear disarmament.
The uncomfortable truth that John F. Kennedy, the darling of the liberal Left, used the missile crisis to face down a genuine threat is never explored.
Lurking somewhere beneath the surface is an unstated question about how hypocritical Ginger’s father is when he calls for free love while mistreating his wife, and professes responsibility for the world’s future when he feels so little for his family.
But Potter lacks the courage — or sense of humour — to address these issues, and instead takes refuge in an ‘aaah, isn’t it sad’ study of a girl never really growing up.
It’s not nearly enough to power a feature film, and many people will be baffled as to how this movie attracted funding from the British Film Institute. Could it be that it attracted public money because it offers such a rosy view of the Left