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|Laufzeit:||Ca. 96 Min|
|FSK:||From 12 years|
In a small village in Appenzell, Switzerland, Nora (Marie Leuenberger) resigned herself at the beginning of the 1970s to taking care of the household, her husband, the two sons and the disgruntled father-in-law. While everywhere the revolutionary spirit of the 68er is to be felt, here iron at old traditions is held fast. But then Nora begins to take an interest in women's suffrage, which has not yet been introduced in Switzerland. And she begins to understand what rights and possibilities she has been deprived of so far. Slowly she starts to get politically involved and can infect other women in the village with her newly found passion, who together rehearse the uprising against narrow-mindedness, outdated sexual morals and for equality. But then not only the village community, but also Nora's family threatens to break up in this fight. Is she willing to pay this high price for her beliefs?
"The divine order" creates a little trick: The film deals with a topic that has an uncanny number of aspects that the viewer - and especially the viewer - can only get excited about. And indeed, some scenes of the movie also make you extremely angry, especially when you are confronted with a narrow-mindedness that you can't face with objectivity and that only knows violence as an answer. This is a problem that can unfortunately also be observed in many other important discussions and that is just as topical today as it was at the beginning of the 1970s. And yet the film not only can entertain its audience enormously well, it also makes them laugh without ever diluting the importance of the subject.
Director Petra Volpe proves a good feeling for clever dialogues and revealing wit, which functions as a pleasant counterweight to the actual gravity of the subject. Thus it reveals the absurdity of the fact that in a country like Switzerland women were denied the right to vote until 1971 and that there were frighteningly many people who did not see the need to change this situation. Thus the reaction of the men in Nora's village to the fighting spirit of the women reveals something that is still to be found in many people today and which apparently makes any form of rational thinking and thus objective discussion impossible: the fear of change.
So Volpe's film tells about events that can be called history, but in its core it is highly topical and therefore enormously important. Apart from that, "Die göttliche Ordnung" is very well played and entertainingly staged, so that you can forgive the movie for one or two clichés. All this leads in the end to a very clear vote: Absolutely worth seeing!
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