Set in London's sexual-revolutionary 1960s, Ginger and Rosa takes that age's feminist slogan – "the personal is the political" – to the nth degree. Ginger, played with cool-eyed fervor by Elle Fanning, is a de Beauvoir-reading, bomb-protesting poet. Rosa (Alice Eglert) is her lifelong best friend, a classic Catholic bad girl. Ginger wants to change the world. Rosa wants to change a man. When that man happens to be Ginger's father (Alessandro Nivola), her world collapses faster than you can say Cuba. As a political film, it's fairly trite. As a personal film it fares a little better, transcending sloganeering to reveal some of the ways we err. Sally Potter's script makes these mistakes so foreseeable we don't feel them, though, and her sole saving grace is not offering too many solutions.
12 p.m., Sun., Sept. 9, Cineplex Yonge & Dundas 6; 9:45 p.m., Fri., Sept. 14, TIFF Bell Lightbox 1