This Week In Home Entertainment: Elle Fanning Kills It In Ginger & Rosa, Plus Trance And More

By Jessica Rawden 2013-07-23 12:35:22discussion comments
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We’ve had a few exciting weeks in a row, but this week steps back and makes some room for indie films and more. Criterion’s putting out a few big releases and Danny Boyle’s Trance is hitting the schedule in sets that are chock full of bonus features. There’s not a lot of big budget stuff out this week, but read on to learn about some of July 23rd’s best releases, and maybe even a few that may have slipped under your radar. You never know what you may be missing.

“Ginger
Ginger & Rosa DVD
Set in London during the Cold War, Ginger & Rosa starts out at as a coming-of-age tale about defining friendships and belief systems. The film follows two young teens, Ginger (Elle Fanning) and Rosa (Alice Englert), who have grown up together and who are trying to define themselves as they begin to sashay into the world of adulthood. They skip school together, try out church together, and even begin to attend bomb protest meetings. The two girls are alike in many ways, but a few choices soon dictate their futures, as well as their friendship.

Ginger & Rosa starts out a little clunkily, introducing us to the defining moments early on in the lives of Ginger & Rosa. Once we meet the girls as young women, the film gets off to a more encouraging start, and we begin to meet the people that matter in the two girls’ lives. There’s Ginger’s estranged parents, Roland (Alessandro Nivola) and Natalie (Christina Hendricks) and her mentors, played by Annette Bening and Oliver Platt. As the movie pushes forward, it begins to become more of a story about Ginger, although Rosa continues to play a key role.

The slow-moving film is also a dramatic one, and its success lies on the performances put in, mostly by Fanning, but also with a few key moments from some of the other big names. Anyone with any innate rage toward the POS’ of the world may have trouble with this title. While rich in setting and detailed in its characters, Porter deftly sets audiences up to feel a fierce protectiveness and hope for Ginger while fleshing out her world as a colorless place full of mistakes, as well as full of the sort of haughty people incapable of understanding the true gravity of their choices. It's a toughie, but worth a watch.

You can order Ginger & Rosa over at Amazon.

Best Special Feature: Ginger & Rosa offers a surprising number of bonus features, although none of them get particularly inspired titles. My favorite part was the deleted scene, which gives us more time with the two girls and helps to explain exactly how they grew apart so quickly. Additionally, Potter pops up at the beginning of the segment to introduce us to the cut footage and to explain the direction she meant for the film to go in during the cropped footage.

Other Special Features:
Audio Commentary with Sally Potter
“Anatomy of a Film”
“Making of”
Cast Interviews
discussion
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