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The Divine Order

Rated 14 Accompaniment (Sexual Content) ~ Runs 96 minutes

Dir.: Petra Volpe, Switzerland

Marie Leuenberger, Maximilian Simonischek, Rachel Braunschweig
In English/German/Italian/Swiss German with English subtitles


Tribeca Film Festival Winner, Audience Award, Jury Award, and Nora Ephron Prize

“If you’re in the mood for a feel-good film about women’s suffrage then The Divine Order is it. It takes place in 1971 as momentum builds for a referendum on women’s right to vote in Switzerland. Of course, those voting are all going to be men. The film focuses on one woman, Nora, who lives in a rural village and starts feeling constrained by her housekeeping duties. She wants to apply for a job. The problem: her husband Hans refuses to give his permission. This act opens her eyes to the inequality around her, and she reluctantly and then enthusiastically becomes the figurehead of the burgeoning women’s equality movement in her town. What follows is a funny, tear jerking, heartwarming movie in the best Hollywood narrative tradition... Sure, it’s manipulative, but it’s also massively entertaining. Petra Volpe’s direction is crisp, her screenplay is smart and well-paced, and the acting is superb, particularly Sibylle Brunner, as the elder stateswoman of the village. This film most reminds me of The Full Monty... Here’s hoping The Divine Order does just as well.” - Paul Weissman, Film-Forward



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November 12