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SUFFRAGETTTE

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Recommended age 12-18
106 minutes
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Suffragette is a phenomenal movie directed by Sarah Gavron. I love this movie because it ties real historical events into a realistic story about the hardships women dealt with just a century ago. This historical drama incorporates realistic period costumes and accurately spot-on settings to depict how women were considered less competent and less deserving of rights than men.

Suffragette is about a feminist movement consisting of powerful women dedicating their lives to attaining the right to vote. Set in London 1912, Maud Watts (Carey Mulligan) is a wife and mother on the verge of becoming a suffragette. After attending one of the suffragette meetings, she learns how much of a commitment it is to participate and what the risks are. She makes many friends from the suffragettes such as Violet Miller (Anne-Marie Duff) who is there with Maud every step of the way. Violet is a true believer for women's rights and makes an immense effort to be heard.

My favorite scene is when the women are fighting for their rights and are arrested. After they get out of jail, the women are handed flowers and a medal. They are congratulated for their first incarceration. As one of the suffragettes said, "We don't want to be lawbreakers, we want to be lawmakers". This really shows that the women are not trying to be rough, it was a desperate plea to get the attention they rightfully deserve.

My favorite character is definitely Maud Watts. She is a powerful woman and she shows that women can do anything they put their mind to. She is so determined to get her rights that she sacrifices her family, her job and her house to stand up for what she believes in. Another stand out performance is Helena Bonham Carter who plays Edith Ellyn. She really inspired me as she encouraged the others to stand up and never give up even when it seems impossible.

I recommend Suffragette for ages 13 to 18 because it is a little bloody when the women are getting beaten. I do believe that if you are 13 or older, you should definitely see this movie because it educates viewers regarding a significant part of history.

I give this movie five out of five stars because overall this is an outstanding movie. You may see Suffragette in theatres now!

Reviewed by Lainey Anderson, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 13

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A drama that tracks the story of the foot soldiers of the early feminist movement, women who were forced underground to pursue a dangerous game of cat and mouse with an increasingly brutal State. These women were not primarily from the genteel educated classes, they were working women who had seen peaceful protest achieve nothing. Radicalized and turning to violence as the only route to change, they were willing to lose everything in their fight for equality - their jobs, their homes, their children and their lives. Maud was one such foot soldier. The story of her fight for dignity is as gripping and visceral as any thriller, it is also heart-breaking and inspirational.
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