Movie Review – The Divine Order (2017)

The Divine Order, 2017.

Written and Directed by Petra Volpe.

Starring Marie Leuenberger, Maximilian Simonischek, Rachel Braunschweig, Sibylle Brunner, Marta Zoffoli, Bettina Stucky, Ella Rumpf, Sofia Helm, and Nicholas Ofczarek.


With the vote over granting women’s suffrage fast approaching, one woman raises her voice in support in a small, Swiss town.

It’s easy to get wrapped up in your own country’s history and forget the fights taking place in other parts of the world. The Divine Order, Switzerland’s submission for this year’s Oscar’s Best Foreign Language film, opens with footage from the woman’s rights movement in America. Meanwhile, in Switzerland in 1971, women don’t have the right to vote, young girls deemed sexually promiscuous can be sent to jail by their parents, and a wife can’t legally get a job without her husband’s consent.

In its best parts, Divine Order shows
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