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Großbritannien 2014 - mit George MacKay, Ben Schnetzer, Paddy Considine, Imelda Staunton, Bill Nighy, Liz White ...

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Genre:Comedy, Drama
Regie:Matthew Warchus
Produktionsland:Großbritannien 2014
Laufzeit:About 120 min.
FSK:From 6 years]
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Great Britain in summer 1984: For months miners and miners all over the country have been fighting bitterly against the policies of Margaret Thatcher. But the Prime Minister is not intimidated by the work stoppage. She stubbornly sticks to her policy and allows the police to take tough action against the strikers. What the desperate workers are going through is something that another group can understand all too well. The gay and lesbian scene in Great Britain also suffers and Thatcher suffers, which is why the young activist Mark Austin (Ben Schnetzer) comes up with the idea of showing solidarity with the strikers. In fact, Mark and his small group of comrades-in-arms manage to raise a lot of money. But the attempts to pass this money on to the striking unions fail. They do not want to accept money from gays and lesbians even in great need. Only in a small miner town in Wales is one seemingly more open-minded. After all, he gets in touch with the head of the municipality Dai (Paddy Considine), who after a short visit in London invites his very unusual comrades-in-arms to Onllwyn. But when Mark and the rest of the LGSM (Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners) arrive in the village, they find that they are not necessarily welcomed with open arms here either. But they won't give up their fight for justice and respect so easily - and in the end they will even write history…

"Pride" is a film that can only come from Great Britain: a social comedy that in itself tells very sad and difficult themes in a moving but also wonderfully light-footed way, so that in the end perfect feel-good cinema with a good message comes out. Instead of wallowing in dismay, director Matthew Warchus relies on warmhearted humour, wonderful dialogues and lovably quirky characters. In doing so, he creates the trick of neither trivializing nor dramaturgically or emotionally inflating the problems addressed in history based on true events. Although some characters may be a bit overdrawn, they all seem very authentic and loveable. They grow very quickly in the heart of the audience, one feels with them and hopes that they will succeed in tearing down the walls in the minds of their fellow men. Thus, the emotional effect of the movie increases considerably, whereas Warchus skillfully plays on the whole emotional palette of his audience.

You can laugh heartily again and again, but in some scenes the anger at such boundless and obvious injustice takes over. And in the last third it could also happen that one or the other tear is shed here. Completely in the tradition of films like "Ganz oder garter" or "Billy Elliot", "Pride" also manages to point out social problems without losing sight of the entertainment value. Matthew Warchus has thus created another example that a film can be fun, but can also convey an important message and still give the viewer wonderful moments to smile and laugh about.

The beautiful story of the film is carried by a great ensemble consisting of veterans like Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton or Paddy Considine, as well as young, unused faces like George Mackay and Ben Schnetzer. The actors harmonize perfectly with each other and give their characters an extremely engaging warmth, which is quickly transferred to the audience. And that's how this very special feel-good effect is created, which makes "Pride" so worth seeing.

However, the comedy is not only a beautiful film, but also an extremely important one. Because what the troops around Mark Austin and the striking miners from Wales have achieved together by overcoming prejudices, by tolerance and by solidarity is absolutely impressive. Since social injustice, intolerance and fear of all that is different or foreign are unfortunately still very topical issues, the activists of LGSM and the striking workers' society of the 80s should also be a role model for today's society. And therefore there is a very clear message for the extremely high entertainment value and the important message: Absolutely worth seeing!

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