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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

Where Are the Women? Ida

WATWida

Women aren’t just represented here, they also represent something much bigger and much more universal than themselves.

BASIC REPRESENTATION SCORE: +25

+25
Is there a female protagonist? [why this matters]

FEMALE AGENCY/POWER/AUTHORITY SCORE: +5

+5
Is there a female character (either a protagonist or a supporting character with significant screen time) in a position of authority (politics, law, medicine, etc.)? [why this matters]

THE MALE GAZE SCORE: 0

[no issues]

GENDER/SEXUALITY SCORE: 0

-3
Is a dead mother mentioned? [why this matters]
+3
Is a dead father also mentioned? [why this matters]

WILDCARD SCORE: +5

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

In positing that the specific life stories of two very different women could be understood as emblematic of the past and present of an entire nation and that nation’s collective identity, the film expands the trope of men’s experiences as universal to include women’s as well (which are typically seen as applicable only to women).

TOTAL SCORE: +35

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

IS THE FILM’S SCREENWRITER FEMALE? Yes, one of two credited (Rebecca Lenkiewicz) (does not impact scoring)

BOTTOM LINE: Two very different women on different life paths learn from each other, while also illustrating (in the subtext) the life path of a nation. Women aren’t just represented here, they also represent something much bigger and much more universal than themselves.


Click here for the ranking of 2014’s Oscar-nominated films for female representation.

NOTE: This is not a “review” of Ida! 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 Ida.

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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