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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

Where Are the Women? Black Sea

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Except for fleeting glimpses and references, women are entirely absent from this story. But here’s a rare instance where that’s actually legitimate.

BASIC REPRESENTATION SCORE: 0

[no significant representation of girls/women]

FEMALE AGENCY/POWER/AUTHORITY SCORE: 0

[no significant representation of women in authority]

THE MALE GAZE SCORE: 0

[no issues]

GENDER/SEXUALITY SCORE: 0

[no issues]

WILDCARD SCORE: 0

Is there anything either positive or negative in the film’s representation of women not already accounted for here? (points will vary)

No.

TOTAL SCORE: 0

IS THE FILM’S DIRECTOR FEMALE? No (does not impact scoring)

IS THE FILM’S SCREENWRITER FEMALE? No (does not impact scoring)

BOTTOM LINE: While I’m sure there are some women who do roughneck-type work in deep-sea diving and marine salvage, and that one or two could have plausibly been included in the story, it’s not unreasonable that the cast here is entirely male.


Click here for the ongoing ranking of 2015’s films for female representation.

NOTE: This is not a “review” of Black Sea! It is simply an examination of how well or how poorly it represents women. (A movie that represents women well can still be a terrible film; a movie that represents women poorly can still be a great film.) Read my review of Black Sea.

See the full rating criteria. (Criteria that do not apply to this film have been deleted in this rating for maximum readability.)


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  • RogerBW

    Better women being absent completely than having the protagonist do his thing because he has a sick wife to support, or whatever.

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