Suffragette Sunday, 29 March 2020

Suffragette

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Mature themes and coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    Never surrenders.

  • Starring:

    Carey Mulligan, Anne-Marie Duff, Grace Stottor, Helena Bonham Carter, Ben Whishaw, Brendan Gleeson, Adam Michael Dodd, Finbar Lynch, Natalie Press, Geoff Bell, Romola Garai, Meryl Streep

  • Directed by:

    Sarah Gavron

  • Running time:

    106 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 12A (UK), PG-13 (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    People are beaten, knocked to the ground, shoved, belittled, force-fed, arrested, punched, hit, slapped, kicked, burned, restrained, locked in a cupboard, kicked out of home, trampled, victimised sexually. A child is taken away from its mother. A house is bombed, explosion, rocks thrown through windows, smashed glass, banging on car windows. Object kicked. Yelling, screaming. Spitting on children, violent/drunk husband, solitary confinement mentioned.  Blood/gore: Corpse, injured body being carried away. Bloody heads, faces, hands, noses, scratches, cuts; blood on ground. Blisters, bruising, scarred flesh, tube inserted into nostril. Bandages. Medical examination. Leg ulcers, burns, scalding, poisoning mentioned. Footage of funeral procession, coffin.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Nude female (rear view), cleavage. Women are stripped. A man is seeing groping/kissing a teen female, a woman is touched luridly on the waist. References to past indecent behaviour (possibly molestation/rape). People in 1920s style underwear/sleepwear.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Alcohol (champagne, hip flask). Smoking (pipe, cigarettes). Medical tonic/drops prescribed. Racetrack setting; bookmakers seen.

  • LANGUAGE:

    F-word, b*tches. Name-calling. Religious references.

  • THEMES:

    Suffragettes, equality, rights for women, feminism, manual labour, Emmeline Pankhurst, Emily Wilding Davison, police brutality, civil disobedience, injustice, hunger strike, rebellion, homelessness, militancy, activism, protest, sacrifice, poverty, misogyny.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Deceased friend. Dead mother, estranged/unknown father mentioned. Prison, funeral settings. Horses.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Rousing, relevant, angry, urgent, eye-opening, fierce, tough, raw, bleak-looking, hot-blooded, riveting, fiery, real, celebratory, unabashed, message-driven, noble, subversive, female-written, female-directed, well-researched. Excellent cast, strong/modulated/award-worthy/convincing/understated performance by Carey Mulligan, restrained/affecting performance by Helena Bonham-Carter, nuanced performance by Ben Whishaw, first-rate period detail/costume design/cinematography, muted colours, grotty realistic textures.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Slow-going, flat, conventional, melodramatic. One-note male characters, some creaky plot contrivances/dialogue, forgettable/overcooked score, flimsy script, a detailed sense of history never fully emerges.

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