In 1910s London, a young washerwoman (Carey Mulligan) joins the women’s suffrage movement and becomes increasingly radicalized, taking part in acts of civil disobedience that draw attention to the cause. This period drama shows how awful it was to be a working-class woman at that time, particularly in its vivid, nightmarish scenes of the industrial laundry where the heroine works: she and the other women clock long hours under extremely unsafe conditions and weather all kinds of abuse from their male employers. Scenes dramatizing the political organizing and protests are less effective, bogged down by pedantic dialogue and historical generalizations. Sarah Gavron directed a script by Abi Morgan (Shame, The Invisible Woman); with Helena Bonham Carter, Ben Whishaw, and Brendan Gleeson.