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The Divine Order

The Divine Order

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When:

  • Fri 4 May, 10:30am – 12:15pm
  • Fri 4 May, 6:00pm – 7:30pm
  • Fri 4 May, 8:15pm – 9:45pm

Where:

The Theatre & Function Rooms - Lopdell House, 418 Titirangi Road, Titirangi Show map

Restrictions:

M

Ticket Information:

  • Adult Admission : $12.00
  • Senior/Student Admission: $10.00
  • Adult Admission: $14.00
  • Senior/Student Admission: $12.00

The Divine Order (M)
Comedy/Drama
Based on true story.
Showing at 10-30am / 6pm / 8-15pm.

Women of a small Swiss village campaign for the women's right to vote ahead of the crucial 1971 ballot in this inspirational film.

"A young wife and mother living in a small village untouched by the revolutionary spirit of the 1960s, Nora lives a quiet life. But she's encouraged by the actions of a formidable group of like-minded women to fight for her rights. The group of women band together in their small Swiss village and campaign for the right to vote, undeterred by the retaliation of their conservative neighbours. With a fantastic ensemble cast, Petra Volpe's stirring film shines a light on a battle for justice and a historic, overdue victory." (Sydney Film Festival)

Art House & International, Drama Directed By: Petra Biondina Volpe Written By: Petra Biondina Volpe Runtime: 96 minutes

Swiss writer-director Petra Biondina Volpe's dramedy focuses on the effect the fight for the right to vote has on one family in a small village.
Nora (Marie Leuenberger) is a mother-of-two who dreams of a job as a secretary at a travel agency. The only problem is, she needs her husband's permission to even apply. Emboldened by his own promotion and pay rise at the joinery, Hans (Maximilian Simonischek) is having none of it.
Frustrated by that and her father-in-law's patriarchal disapproval of everything that goes on in the family, Nora becomes intrigued by the stall in the village promoting women's voting rights. So when a meeting is called by the female elders asking for fundraising to oppose suffrage, she decided to take a stand – much to the consternation of many. However, Nora discovers she has fellow supporters and an action-plan is mooted – they will all go on strike. Left with only a casserole in the oven and washing instructions, Hans is dumbfounded as his wife departs "to get in touch with herself".
While the topic is certainly serious, Volpe (screenwriter of the 2015 Swiss remake of Heidi) delivers the dramatic events with plenty of sass and hilarity. Think Suffragette meets Goodbye, Lenin! by way of Made in Dagenham. Indeed, there is a definite Calendar Girls, Kinky Boots et al kind of feel to proceedings, right down to some formulaic dramatic beats and characters.

But with German actress Leuenberger an appealing lead and good humour abounding, there's a lot to like about this Order.

In German with English subtitles.

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