The Divine Order

Thursday, Apr. 5 @ 7 pm / Galaxy Cinemas / Sault Ste. Marie, ON

Director: Petra Volpe
Switzerland; 2017
German with English subtitles; 96 minutes
Rating: 14A

In 1971 Swiss women didn’t have the right to vote and couldn’t get a job without their husband’s permission. Frustrated by her
dependence on her husband Hans (Maximilian Simonischek), and the decisions being made by the men in her life, quiet Nora (Marie Leuenberger) gets involved in the budding women’s movement.
As the women in her small town gradually dare to take more control over their lives, opposition to their stance mounts. Filled with gentle humour, The Divine Order offers an uplifting story of grassroots
community activism set on a foundation of friendship and support.

The Divine Order radiates an infectious admiration for the courage shown by its heroines in the face of immense obstacles. Nick Schager, Variety

Petra Volpe’s direction is crisp, her screenplay is smart and well-paced, and the acting is superb. Paul Weissman, Film-Forward

Leuenberger brings a vulnerability and defiance to Nora that elevates the film past dogma or sentimentality. Tom Long, Detroit News