Ginger & Rosa

Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Sally Potter
Production: A24 Films
  4 wins & 8 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
90 min

The Defense Department of the

United States government...

has arrived at estimates

of casualties...

should they and the Soviet Union

adopt a counterforce strategy...

in the event of nuclear war.

The estimates are as follows.

100,000,000 dead

in the United States...


dead in Europe...

including 23,000,000 dead

in Great Britain.

Without any civil defense,

the counterforce strategy...

has the capacity to destroy

all life in Western Europe...

the United States and

the Soviet Union.

With an effective...

I want to talk to you

about the girls.

All right.

What about them?

I think Rosa's a bad influence.

Meaning what, exactly?

Anoushka worries about her.

She says she's disturbed.

So would you be if you'd been told you

were a failure when you were 11 years old.

- Yeah. Bloody 11-plus exams.

- You did well though.

Not that exams mean anything

of reaI significance.

Can't measure intelligence.


she's not disturbed.

She's interesting.

And she's my best friend.

Close your eyes.

Turn your head.

Opposite way.

You're not doing it right.

Try again.

Where the hell

have you been?

We were just, you know,

roving about.

- Being free.

- It's 2:
00 in the morning.

Roland, please.

Say something.

Well, yes, it is late.

You always stay up late.


Anoushka must be

crazed with worry.



Okay, come on. I suppose I'd

better drive you home, Rosa.


I should be working.


- Today, actually.

- Good point.

Bye, Ginger's dad.

It's Roland...


It says here that a girl's most important

possession is a bubbly personality.


Do you think Simone de Beauvoir

has a bubbly personality?

- Who?

- That French writer.

She's an existentialist.

Maybe she hasn't read Girl.

It says here that boys don't like girls

who are too serious.

Well, even so...

did I tell you I've

decided to be a poet?

Thought you were already.

Do you think they've

shrunk enough yet?


- I've been thinking.

- Unusual.

Very funny.


I'm listening.

I'd prefer the world not to end.

Wouldn't you?


if I find true love.

You know?

The kind that lasts forever.

If there is a forever.

Good point.

But really, Rosa...

I think we should

do something...

about the bomb.

You know, protest.

I think we should pray.


Thank you.


Isn't that Mum's?


- Where are you two going?

- To a meeting.

What kind of meeting?

A meeting to ban the bomb.

It's called the Campaign

for Nuclear Disarmament.


What's the "Y" for?


Well, good for you two girls.

That's marvelous.

Don't you think so, Nat?

Roland would be pleased.

Just don't get back

too late, Rosa.

- You've got to help me with the little

ones. - I haven't got to do anything.

God, if there was

a man around...

- You'd be lucky.

- Rosa!

Speaking of which...

when was the last time

you did any washing up, Ginger?

But I've hardly been

here for any meals.

Well, exactly.

Where have you been?

I had a letter from your school.

It was embarrassing.


How terrible.

Especially given that the

world might blow up...

which none of you

seem to understand.

Are you quite sure

about that, darling?

Oh, Mark, I didn't mean you.

The question is what to do.

Or, as Engels puts it,

"What is to be done?"

Nuclear weapons

do not protect us.

They threaten our

very existence.

The missiles on bases

here in Britain...

are hundreds of times

more powerful...

than those used in Hiroshima.

We have to take direct action.

We must do everything we can

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Sally Potter

Charlotte Sally Potter, OBE (born 19 September 1949) is an English film director and screenwriter. more…

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