“You’re nothing in this world.”
“War is the only language men listen to.”
These quotes perfectly sum up Suffragette – the film and the movement. The film offers audiences a snapshot of the early feminism movement, portraying the violent demonstrations taking place after decades of peaceful protests prove ineffective. We view this era through the eyes of the quiet, curious Maud Watts (Carey Mulligan) – a woman desperate for a better life who’s slowly sucked into the world of protests and injustice; sacrificing her family, income and well-being along the way.
Writer Abi Morgan and director Sarah Gavron pace the film’s events carefully, including just enough of real historic events to give viewers an eye-opening perspective of a time that we owe so much to. The muted colour palette and set design reflect the desperate yet determined mood of the characters nicely. However, an overuse of shaky cam proved distracting, particularly in calmer scenes such as when Maud provides a testimonial.
The subject material is poignant in light of the recent refugee crisis, highlighting how we often look back upon history in disgrace. Overall, Suffragette is an important film, superbly acted, that is a must see for people of all backgrounds.