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Academy Award nominees Carey Mulligan and Helena Bonham Carter, and three-time Academy Award winner Meryl Streep star in this powerful drama, inspired by true events, about the women willing to lose everything in their fight for equality in early-20th-century Britain. Galvanized by outlaw fugitive Emmeline (Meryl Streep), Maud (Carey Mulligan) joins the U.K.'s growing Suffragette movement alongside women from all walks of life who sacrificed their jobs, homes, children –and even their lives for the right to vote.
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The story is told from a working-class perspective so we get a hard look at East London and what life was like in the stratified society of 1910. Factory conditions, though much better than the century before, were harsh and inflexible. Without a social safety net you either worked as much as you could or went hungry. Things were especially dire if one had children to feed. In this case Maude, the protagonist, is entering her second pregnancy when she is persuaded to attend an outdoor rally in the midst of loud male derision, and she leaves with mixed feelings. Women's voting rights had previously never been an issue for her.
As the plot unfolds Maude is drawn ever deeper into the underground women's movement, by turns successful (in her presentation to a parliamentary committee) and heartbreaking as Lloyd-George announces there will be no change in the law after 'due consideration'. The film is graced by the presence of Helena Bonham Carter as an accomplished pharmacist (and bomb maker) and Meryl Streep as the redoubtable Emmeline Pankhurst. Neither steals the show however. It is Maude who must make up her mind whether the forfeit of her home and family is worth it.
We see marital rejection, mail boxes exploding, dreary prison scenes, forced feedings, and police charging into crowds with clubs.Read more ›
It's just sad that some things take so long to accomplish. The vote. Equal rights for all people regardless of skin colour. Equal pay for equal work. And I'm sure there is much more.
(A tiny flaw, the horse involved in the final scenes was the King's horse).
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Carey Mulligan is beyond good in this movie. Although disturbing to watch at times, what these women suffered so we could get the vote deserves all women to be know about it.Published 1 month ago by Richenda
Great insight into a real period in history. A superb cast, stellar acting, and the time period is authentically portrayed. Heart wrenching story. Grab a hankie.Published 2 months ago by pixie
Although she's not the main character, the film gives us a fictional historical account of events leading up to the spectacular death of Emily Davison, struck down on the Epson... Read morePublished 5 months ago by S. Lerner