In 1920 women’s suffrage finally became US law, but in Switzerland women were still denied the right to vote in 1971. Set in that year, this charming drama from filmmaker Petra Volpe stars Marie Leuenberger as Nora, an unassuming and dutiful housewife who is forbidden by her husband to take a part-time job and becomes the poster child of her town’s suffragette movement. Her newfound celebrity brings humiliation, threats and strife in her marriage, but she refuses to back down, convinces the women in her village to go on strike and ultimately makes some startling discoveries about her own liberation. This uplifting, crowd-pleasing film is a time capsule that couldn’t be more timely. In Swiss-German with English subtitles. Writer/Director: Petra Volpe. (Switzerland 2017) 97 min.
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