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|Originaltitel:||On the Basis of Sex|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 120 min.|
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The USA in the 1950s: Women's rights are not far behind. The young Ruth Bader Ginsburg (Felicity Jones) has to experience this for herself when she is admitted as one of the few women to study law at Harvard University, but has to fight much harder for her successful degree than her male fellow students. But not least because of the support of her husband Marty (Armie Hammer), she doesn't let herself get down and manages to finish the job. Nevertheless, she doesn't get a job as a lawyer in a world dominated by men and has to make do with a law professorship. But then she becomes aware of the case of a man who, because of his sex, is not granted the usual tax rebate to care for his sick mother. Ruth sees this as an opportunity to change a completely outdated legal situation and begins a passionate fight against discrimination that will make history…
"The Vocation - Your Fight for Justice" traces the beginning of Ruth Bader Ginsburg's fight for justice that will take her later in life to the Supreme Court. Ginsburg is still active there, even at a young age of over 85, and for many Americans it is an indispensable counterweight to the conservative majority of judges. In recent years she has become a pop icon, especially for young people, and is a role model that is becoming less and less common. Her work, her life and her professional advancement were portrayed a few months ago in the Oscar-nominated documentary "RBG - A Life for Justice". This very conventional dramaturgical adaptation is not really needed anymore...
Especially since Mimi Leder's film distorts some things. Certainly, these are all dramaturgical freedoms that the result of the hard struggle of this remarkable woman does not necessarily minimize. But if you look at the documentary and see original footage of the trial that is being replayed here, and recognize the security and determination with which Ginsburg already appeared to the outside world back then, then this film version simply cannot be described as successful. Here she is often insecure, nervously bumps against the microphone and can only summon up the courage to oppose the dominance of the men through the encouragement of her husband and daughter.
Apart from that, "Die Berufung - Ihr Kampf für Gerechtigkeit" is not a bad film. It just doesn't really do justice to the person who is at the centre of the story. Felicity Jones plays strongly and also Armie Hammer can convince all along the line. The staging is not surprising, but quite stirring. And the message that is conveyed here, admittedly in a rather shallow way, is unfortunately still very topical and therefore also important. Of course, Ruth Bader Ginsburg deserved a better film - but she already has one with "RBG - Ein Leben für die Gerechtigkeit". There you can overlook the small weaknesses of this court drama and attest the movie a deserved "worth seeing".
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