Carey Mulligan plays Maud, a married mother working in a London laundry in 1912 who realises she has the power to break free from her rapist boss.
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The London Film Festival opened Wednesday with "Suffragette," the story of Britain's feminist movement that fought for women's voting rights in the early 20th century.The three-time Oscar-winning American plays Emmeline Pankhurst, who founded the Women's Social and Political Union in 1903 in order to win the right to vote for women.The intense drama sees Pankhurst become a fugitive after calling for women to engage in acts of civil disobedience, such as throwing stones through windows and starting fires, having become disillusioned by years of unsuccessful peaceful protests.Helena Bonham Carter, who plays a pharmacist-turned-bomb-maker in the film, praised the protesters.Beyond the politics, the film also gives an insight into the lives of working-class women of the time.
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