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The fundamental coming-of-age conflict facing the troubled teen played by Elle Fanning in Sally Potter's "Ginger and Rosa" may look familiar, but the director brings a raw energy to the material that deepens its possibilities. Set at the height of nuclear paranoia in early-Sixties London, Potter's script has a lot to say about the progressive attitudes of its chosen era by cleverly analogizing them to the expanding horizons of a restless adolescent mind. A viscerally charged work that foregrounds surface tensions and gripping performances, "Ginger and Rosa" is the filmmaker's most accessible and technically surefooted work to date. A return to conventional narrative after the digressions of her two previous outings, "Rage" and "Yes," Potter's seventh feature is impressively economical in its design. The opening montage establishes the movie's entire scope in a matter of minutes: From fleeting images of the Hiroshima »

- Eric Kohn

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