Running Time (minutes): 106
Description: A drama that tracks the story of the foot soldiers of the early feminist movement, women who were forced underground to pursue a dangerous game of cat and mouse with an increasingly brutal State. These women were not primarily from the genteel educated classes, they were working women who had seen peaceful protest achieve nothing. Radicalized and turning to violence as the only route to change, they were willing to lose everything in their fight for equality – their jobs, their homes, their children and their lives. Maud was one such foot soldier. The story of her fight for dignity is as gripping and visceral as any thriller, it is also heart-breaking and inspirational.
Stars: Carey Mulligan, Anne-Marie Duff, Helena Bonham Carter
Genres: Biography, Drama, History
‘VOTES FOR WOMEN!’
I was looking forward to this one from the start because I absolutely loved the chapter about this fascinating movement in my UK Culture lectures. Overall, the film was great. I liked how they managed to put so many little details of the actual fight for suffrage into it: setting pillar boxes on fire, throwing stones, breaking windows, force-feeding etc., and then of course the great finale with Emily Davison jumping in front of the king’s horse. That was Desplat’s score highlight as well.
Two tiny remarks: the ending is rather rushed, I don’t understand why it didn’t last longer. They could have included the fact that suffragettes helped in the war and demanded the vote for that, but the war was never mentioned at all. And the score could have been much more.