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Sally Potter’s melodramatic ‘Ginger & Rosa’ more nostalgic than insightful

Elle Fanning, left, and Alice Englert star in "Ginger & Rosa."
Elle Fanning, left, and Alice Englert star in "Ginger & Rosa."
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The principles of ’60s radicalism clash with the murkier morality of those who practiced it in Sally Potter’s sharply observed coming-of-age melodrama, “Ginger & Rosa.” The filmmaker, still best-known for “Orlando” 20 years after that breakout work, presents this conflict as it is seen through the eyes of a teenage girl. Ginger (Elle Fanning), nicknamed because of the red hair she inherited from her mother (Christina Hendricks of “Mad Men”), is a hip, jazz-and-poetry-loving teen ...


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