DVD & Blu-ray review: Ginger & Rosa (12)

Sally Potter DVD/Blu-ray (90mins)

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“You're an activist not a supplicant,” maintains Alessandro Nivola's sleazy intellectual, Roland, to his idealistic teen daughter, Ginger (Elle Fanning, convincing), in Sally Potter's disjointed but good-looking portrait of teenage hormones and family dysfunction in early 1960s London.

Roland sleeps with his students, which clearly annoys his wife (Christina Hendricks, terribly miscast); then he sleeps with Ginger's best friend (Alice Englert), which annoys everyone. The nuclear bomb, CND and betrayal loom large over this unconvincing drama.