Could the protagonist have been female without significantly impacting the film as a whole? (for a film with a male protagonist) [why this matters]
FEMALE AGENCY/POWER/AUTHORITY SCORE:0
[no significant representation of women in authority]
THE MALE GAZE SCORE:0
Is there anything either positive or negative in the film’s representation of women not already accounted for here? (points will vary)
There are no women in this movie at all… unless you count the photo of a pretty (adult) granddaughter that is literal set dressing to be commented on a few times by all the men who spy it. Why the filmmaker felt it necessary to underscore the lack of women onscreen is a mystery.
IS THE FILM’S DIRECTOR FEMALE? No (does not impact scoring)
IS THE FILM’S SCREENWRITER FEMALE? No (does not impact scoring)
BOTTOM LINE: The only reason I can imagine for the complete lack of women in a story about war impinging on civilian life is a notion that the presence of women “complicates” matters in a story that is meant to be about human nature… the neutral sort of human nature that doesn’t include women, that is.
NOTE: This is not a “review” of Tangerines! 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 Tangerines.