The Divine Order

Synopsis: Switzerland, 1971: Nora is a young housewife and mother who lives with her husband and their two sons in a peaceful little village. Here, in the Swiss countryside, little or nothing is felt of the huge social upheavals that the movement of May 1968 has caused. Nora's life, too, has been unaffected; she is a retiring, quiet person, well liked by everyone - until she begins to campaign publicly and pugnaciously for women's right to vote, an issue that will be put before the male voters on February 7th, 1971.
Genre: Comedy, Drama
  12 wins & 10 nominations.
96 min



Student protests.


Black power.

The sexual revolution.

Women's lib.

In 1971, the world was changing.

But here at home,

time stood still.

In our little village,

we missed out

on everything going on

in the outside world.

- Ok, be good at school.

- Yes, mummy.

- Have a good day.

- Have a good day.

Hi, Werner.

That's father-in-law's stuff,

it's been mended.

- Thanks, therese.

- He could do with

buying new things.

He's much too stingy for that.

- How is it going with him?

- You know what he's like.

The women at the club were asking

after you. When are you coming back?

We'll see.

I just don't have the time.

Come on.

You can manage once a week

to get away from the farm for a bit.

We miss you.


Turn the music down!

She is not talking to us.

Not a word. For a week now.

Has something happened?

We have grounded her.

She is constantly

hanging around with some man.

She has a new one again.

Do you know what they

call her in the village?

The village bike.


For god's sake!!

Nora, can you talk to her?

She might listen to you.

You two have always

got along well.

Did mother send you?

She's worried about you.

They've locked me away and banned me

from seeing gioni.

Because he's got long hair.

And he's older than me.

Hanna, listen

as a woman, you shouldn't

just give yourself away.

Once you get a bad reputation,

you'll never find a decent man.

I don't want to stay in this dump

and become a housewife anyway.

You mean like me?

With gioni,

it's serious.

You said that last time too.

I'm fed up of this village

and all the country bumpkins.

Gioni is studying in Zurich

at the art college.

If gioni is the one,

he will wait for you.

Until I'm an adult?

That will be another three years!

I just want to

see him once more.

To say goodbye.

You know what?

I'll talk to therese.

If I come too,

they might let you go.

But you have to promise me

to do what your parents tell you.

You mustn't make it

so hard for them.

The pacific.

It is also called the silent ocean.

Or the great ocean.

The pacific is home to

huge numbers of fish.

And those that live right at the bottom

never see the sunlight.

Can you imagine that?

There are all sorts of amazing creatures

living in absolute darkness

and silence.

Large and small.

Some with spots

and some with stripes.

And see-through ones.

And they have no idea that

there is sunshine and light further up.

I hope your measurements are right.

How is our little pansy?

With his pretty curls

- is that a perm or are they real?

- Kuesi, that's enough.

Who does your hair, darling?

Don't you have any work to do?

As you all know, there will be some more

restructuring this year.

This will affect the staff.

Mr ruckstuhl

I would like to appoint you manager

of the joinery division.

You will start

as soon as you are back

from reserves training.

Now on to something else...

On the 7th of February,

there will be another vote

on women's right to vote.

This is exclusively the result

of propaganda from the left wing.

We at the "anti-politicization of women

action committee" represent the interests

of the vast majority of Swiss women

who do not want the right to vote.

Our committee relies

on all the support it can get.

If you are on our side,

please take a deposit form with you.

We welcome even small donations.

You have leadership qualities, mr

ruckstuhl. The men respect you.

I'm sure you won't disappoint me.

- Thank you, ma'am.

Of course, you will be given a pay rise.

We thought 150 francs

say hello

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