Is there a female character with significant screen time who grows, changes, and/or learns something over the course of the story? (for an ensemble cast, or a film with a male protagonist) [why this matters]
FEMALE AGENCY/POWER/AUTHORITY SCORE:+5
Is there a female character with insignificant screen time in a position of authority? [why this matters]
Is there a woman whose role could easily have been played by a man? [why this matters]
Is there anything either positive or negative in the film’s representation of women not already accounted for here? (points will vary)
The plot absolutely requires the violent death of the only significant female character… after she has cuckolded her husband in a way that has made her infidelity public knowledge. While there is an aspect of this plot strand that could be construed as a criticism of violent male jealousy, it is still narratively constructed in a way that demands her death, and which punishes her more for her husband’s behavior than him.
IS THE FILM’S DIRECTOR FEMALE? No (does not impact scoring)
IS THE FILM’S SCREENWRITER FEMALE? No (does not impact scoring)
BOTTOM LINE: It’s only the presence of a few female characters in very small roles that saves this film from a worse score. While the writing and the plotting may not be clichéd overall, the film’s only significant female character here serves a completely clichéd part in it.
NOTE: This is not a “review” of Leviathan! 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 Leviathan.