MADE IN DA­GEN­HAM

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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).

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