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Something In Canned Air: Potter Creates Showcase for Fanning

Director Sally Potter has always seemed to lean towards a mischievous experimentalism in narrative form, which can certainly be evidenced by her masterpiece, the 1992 adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s Orlando, as well as her daring 2004 film Yes, filmed entirely in iambic pentameter. Her latest, a period piece bildungsroman (of sorts), Ginger & Rosa, while displaying a sort of elliptical parlance, isn’t quite as heady stylistically either in tone or content. While it does manage to feature an outstanding lead performance, there’s a frumpy sense of dissociation from the proceedings, devoid of kitchen sink realism even as it plunges into domestic drama fussies towards its muted finale.

Opening with grainy footage of the mushroom cloud enveloping the skies over Hiroshima in 1945, we get snippets of silent sequences where we watch two London mothers cling to each other as they give birth on the same evening. »

- Nicholas Bell

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