Set during the Cold War, the story of coming of age explores the ways in which even the most intimate parts of our life can be fatally affected by social reality.
London, 1962. Cutting class to engage in passionate discussions about politics, gender, sex, religion and hairstyles, teenage Ginger and Rosa are inseparable companions. As the international dispute between the Soviet Union and the U.S. threatens to cast a shadow over the entire world, Ginger seeks solace in the arts as Rosa favours such distractions as cigarettes and boys, both feeling contempt for their mind-numbingly dull mothers. But their friendship falters when Rosa falls under the spell of Ginger’s father, Roland, a charismatic freethinker. Ginger eases her sense of betrayal by immersing herself in the anti-nuclear movement as the Cuban Missile Crisis seizes the world in the grip of apocalyptic anxiety.