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Rated PG-13 · 106 minutes · 2015

Historical drama
Suffragette follows heroine Maud Watts (Carey Mulligan), a laundress, wife, and mother who's called to the cause of suffrage for English women not by some grand moment, but by a series of small humiliations and peer pressure. She makes friends with other activists and stands up to her dick-ish husband, but she doesn't rise in the ranks and—spoiler!—she isn't the one who changes everything. Watts is just your average gal, trying to balance work and family and activism, to have it all. The UK women's suffrage movement was totally badass—they made bombs and shit!—but Suffragette's focus on quiet moments with the humble Watts misses a lot of opportunities for more of what viewers wanna see. And oddly, the movie fades to a close before the women even win anything. We know they won, of course, but this reviewer wanted to see that capital-T Triumph! The movement had it! It was all right there, in secret meetings and civil disobedience and destruction and jail! Suffragette just doesn't deliver (106 min.).
Official Site: www.focusfeatures.com/suffragette
Director: Sarah Gavron
Producer: Alison Owen, Faye Ward, Cameron McCracken, Tessa Ross, Rose Garnett, Nik Bower, James Schamus and Teresa Moneo
Cast: Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter, Brendan Gleeson, Anne-Marie Duff, Ben Whishaw, Meryl Streep, Natalie Press, Romola Garai, Geoff Bell, Samuel West, Morgan Watkins and Adam Dodd

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