The Divine Order

Die göttliche Ordnung

Switzerland 2017
German, English, Italian and Swiss German with English subtitles
96 min
Suitable for audiences aged 12 and above
Director: Petra Volpe
Screenplay: Petra Volpe
Cast: Marie Leuenberger, Max Simonischeck, Rachel Braunschweig, Sibylle Brunner, Marta Zoffoli, Bettina Stucky
Production: Reto Schaerli, Lukas Hobi / Zodiac Pictures International
Print Source: TrustNordisk

The Divine Order is a powerful drama where one woman’s fight represents thousands of individual struggles which were taking place across Switzerland at the time. The decision to tell the story in such a small, conservative and self-reliant community allows Volpe to demonstrate the issues whilst avoiding melodrama or forced comedy. Due to the particularities of federal law, it wasn’t until 1991 that women in all districts of Switzerland were granted the right to vote. The Divine Order paints a compelling picture of individual determination against the backdrop of an extremely traditional and religious society.

Rob Aldam, The Backseat Mafia