You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Ian McEwan on ‘Ginger & Rosa’ by Sally Potter

Eye on the Oscars: Wrtiers' Roundup

The only auteur in cinema is the writer-director. (The director who depends on a writer dominates by mere convention.) And an auteur of Sally Potter’s skill understands how to play her own written line against the “sentence” between two cuts, and knows instinctively (because the material is her own) just when to deploy silence against the rhythm of her cutting. This is what makes “Ginger & Rosa” such a pleasure. That it’s writerly, that it’s sensually visual, that it blends naturalism with high artifice, and that it permits her two young actors such emotional space — all this is seamless because it proceeds from one place, one source. And this allows the thematic material to grow, just as it should, from the bottom up: youthful political passion (and also fear) is inseparable from personal growth; adulthood is no deliverance when monstrous acts can be spun out of personal “philosophies” — Roland, the self-pitying moral grotesque, is a superb and believable creation. Only an artist with her hands on all the levers could generate such intimacy and warmth — it’s all there when at last Ginger breaks down, as fine and sad a cinematic moment as one could hope for.

Ian McEwan is author of several novels, including “Atonement” and “Sweet Tooth.”

More Film

  • Busan: ‘Gasoline’ fills up at Project

    Busan: ‘Gasoline’ Fills up at Project Market Awards

    The only auteur in cinema is the writer-director. (The director who depends on a writer dominates by mere convention.) And an auteur of Sally Potter’s skill understands how to play her own written line against the “sentence” between two cuts, and knows instinctively (because the material is her own) just when to deploy silence against […]

  • Nora Johnson Obit Dead

    Nora Johnson, Writer of 'The World of Henry Orient,' Dies at 84

    The only auteur in cinema is the writer-director. (The director who depends on a writer dominates by mere convention.) And an auteur of Sally Potter’s skill understands how to play her own written line against the “sentence” between two cuts, and knows instinctively (because the material is her own) just when to deploy silence against […]

  • Jack Gao: Wanda, Legendary Departure Was

    What Prompted Jack Gao's Wanda, Legendary Departure?

    The only auteur in cinema is the writer-director. (The director who depends on a writer dominates by mere convention.) And an auteur of Sally Potter’s skill understands how to play her own written line against the “sentence” between two cuts, and knows instinctively (because the material is her own) just when to deploy silence against […]

  • Angelina Jolie gwyneth paltrow Harvey Weinstein

    Harvey Weinstein Firestorm Marks an Inflection Point for Entertainment

    The only auteur in cinema is the writer-director. (The director who depends on a writer dominates by mere convention.) And an auteur of Sally Potter’s skill understands how to play her own written line against the “sentence” between two cuts, and knows instinctively (because the material is her own) just when to deploy silence against […]

  • POLAND OUTMandatory Credit: Photo by Bartlomiej

    European Filmmakers and Producers Protest Sacking of Polish Film Institute Director

    The only auteur in cinema is the writer-director. (The director who depends on a writer dominates by mere convention.) And an auteur of Sally Potter’s skill understands how to play her own written line against the “sentence” between two cuts, and knows instinctively (because the material is her own) just when to deploy silence against […]

  • Tippi Hedren Alfred Hitchcock Sexual Harassment

    Casting-Couch Tactics Plagued Hollywood Long Before Harvey Weinstein

    The only auteur in cinema is the writer-director. (The director who depends on a writer dominates by mere convention.) And an auteur of Sally Potter’s skill understands how to play her own written line against the “sentence” between two cuts, and knows instinctively (because the material is her own) just when to deploy silence against […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content