And so began the enduring and loving relationship between Denis Thatcher and Margaret Roberts, scientist and Conservative candidate for the "Socialist Republic of Dartford" (her words, not mine - I still live there !). Although she managed to greatly reduce the Labour majority there, she struggled to gain a candidacy elsewhere, coming against the old school tie, war medals and blatant sexism, more often than not from other women. Disillusioned, she briefly left politics and started a (instant and perfect - twin boy and girl) family (whilst studying for the bar) but the lure of Parliament was too strong and again she battled the odds on the "long walk to Finchley".
This film is a joy to watch, even for those with no interest in politics. Great chemistry between Riseborough and Kinnear who portray the marriage of Denis and Margaret with great charm and warmth. The discomfort endured by Edward Heath in his dealings with her is often hilarious, though it is pleasing to see him finally come to her aid in the fight for Finchley, the seat that finally gained her entry to the Commons.
You would not readily associate Margaret Thatcher with comedy; this is not slapstick or situation stuff, but a gentle, warm and intelligent film, pure British gold that I highly recommend.
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