MADE IN DAGENHAM
SP D: Nigel Cole w/ Sally Hawkins, Miranda Richardson. UK. 113 min. Sep 11, 6 pm Visa Screening Room (Elgin); Sep 12, 9:30 am Varsity 8 Rating: NNNNN Cole’s (Calendar Girls) drama about female workers striking for equal pay at the UK Ford plant in Dagenham is a feminist crowd-pleaser, but it presses the women’s solidarity button almost too hard.
Rita O’Grady (the excellent Hawkins) leads the workers’ charge, taking on big industry and her craven union bosses and risking alienating her sweet husband, Eddie (Daniel Mays), and the male workers at the shop.
Enter unlikely allies, including the wife of a major Ford exec (Rosamund Pike) and the shit-kicking minister of labour (Richardson), to help save the day. The men, except for Rita’s husband and union brother Bob Hoskins, are all pretty icky.
But there’s some great writing, and the period detail is exquisite.
SP D: Mark Romanek w/ Carey Mulligan, Andrew Garfield. UK. 103 min. Sep 11, 6 pm Ryerson; Sep 13, 11 am Visa Screening Room (Elgin); Sep 18, 2:30 pm Visa Screening Room (Elgin) Rating: NNNNN Romanek’s chilly adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel traces the lives of three English children from their young days in the 1970s to adulthood in the 1990s. A science-fiction story with virtually no science-fiction elements, it’s instead a subdued drama about people trying to figure out the purpose of their lives and come to terms with their limited time – which, of course, means it’s about everyone.
Mulligan is terrific as Kathy H., our de facto guide to this world; Garfield and Keira Knightley are the friends she spends her life losing. Romanek’s austere direction never looks away from the tragic truths at the story’s core.
Carey Mulligan shines in Never Let Me Go (see review, this page).