Nora is a young housewife and mother who lives in 1971 with her husband and two sons in a quiet Swiss village. Here little is known about the social upheavals of the 1968 movement. The village and family peace, however, dwindles as Nora begins to work for women’s voting rights.

Switzerland is perhaps an unexpected presence on the women’s suffrage roster of shame. Polite and picturesque, it’s hardly the first place that comes to mind as a hotbed for repressive gender politics. Nonetheless, it took until 1971 for Swiss women to gain the right to vote; even later for full emancipation. This earnest drama takes up that story, documenting the collision of 1970s protest culture with the community of a sleepy, picture postcard mountain village.


The ensemble, together with Volpe’s fine script and expert direction, make this vital tale soar.
Leuenberger makes Nora’s gradual awakening to gender issues feel like the sun coming out on a dreary day, brimful of unexpected warmth.