Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Women are still far from having achieved equal rights almost everywhere in the world, but think how much worse we would be without the right to vote—those of us who have that right, that is. We make up half of the world's population, yet some of us are still denied the vote, and those who have it won it only through great struggle—and, as title cards at the end of Sarah Gavron's Suffragette point out, shockingly recently in many nations.
In Britain, where the film is set, full rights weren't achieved until 1928; Swiss women couldn't vote until 1971; and Saudi Arabian women are still waiting. Yet most of us know very little about the fight to win women's suffrage, largely because popular culture has been so quiet on the subject: This is the first feature film about its evolution in Great Britain. Of course, just the fact that Suffragette explores an important and underreported topic isn't enough to make it worth watching. What does is how its episodes and attitudes register with searing immediacy while feeling true to their time period. Read the rest in Slant Magazine