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|Laufzeit:||Ca. 107 min.|
|FSK:||From 12 years|
London in 1912: Since she is a little girl Maud Watts (Carey Mulligan) already works in the laundry of Taylor (Geoff Bell), who is exploiting his female employees wherever possible. But after work Maud finds a little bit of luck in her small apartment in London's East End, where she lives with her husband Sonny (Ben Whishaw) and her little son George (Adam Michael Dodd). In her otherwise rather dreary life, this is a small spark of hope that she does not want to put at risk under any circumstances. That is why it has so far stayed out of the struggle of the suffragettes for the right to vote for women and fairer pay. But at some point Maud can't look the other way. Through her colleague Violet (Anne-Marie Duff) she becomes part of the group around the militant pharmacist Edith (Helena Bonham Carter), who wants to enforce her goals by force if necessary. They're targets Maud's even willing to go to jail for. But the price she has to pay in the end is far higher than she thought…
It is actually surprising that it took so long for a film to dedicate itself to the suffragetten movement that emerged in Great Britain at the beginning of the 20th century in the course of the struggle for the right to vote for women. Director Sarah Gavron and her screenwriter Abi Morgan tell of this dark chapter in British history from the perspective of a working class woman. In "Suffragette", using Maud Watts as an example, they show very forcefully how important it was for women to fight for their rights on the one hand, but what was at stake for them on the other. Even if the character of the pharmacist Edith - wonderfully played by Helena Bonham Carter - is an extremely interesting and important character for the story, the film would certainly not have become so powerful and convincing on the emotional level if the story had been told from her point of view.
Because what Maud is at stake for and what she has to fight for besides her convictions in the end lends the story an additional emotionality, which Gavron implemented with a very sensitive hand. In any case, her staging is rather reserved overall, which means that the drastic moments used in a very targeted way can unfold their full intensity better.
The actresses are also all very good. Carey Mulligan's game suffers only from the fact that she hardly shows any real variations in mimic. Even in those moments when she is actually happy, she always looks as if she is about to start crying. Mulligan has this look too often in other movies, too, and in the long run this simply distracts from her very good portrayal. Helena Bonham Carter and Anne-Marie Duff are playing it - at least as far as facial expressions are concerned - against the wall.
However, this is only a small criticism of an otherwise very good realization of a stirring and also very important story. It is a film about strong women who have fought for much more than "just" the right to vote - and it becomes clear that this fight is still fought in some way. Because justice still does not exist in too many areas. And that is precisely why this story still has an extremely great significance, even if it takes place over a hundred years ago. For lovers of thrilling dramas and stories based on true events this work is absolutely worth seeing!
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