Is there a woman who dies (either onscreen or off) whose death motivates a male protagonist? [why this matters]
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)
The male protagonist spends a lot of time obsessing over (to himself) and complaining about (to other people) his ex-parter and the mother of his child, who cheated on him with the man she is now with. Though she’s not a character in the story, her presence is felt… but only through how she wronged him sexually.
IS THE FILM’S DIRECTOR FEMALE? No (does not impact scoring)
IS THE FILM’S SCREENWRITER FEMALE? No (does not impact scoring)
BOTTOM LINE: As is very often the case, a story that is ostensibly about a woman — more than one woman, in fact: a woman who is murdered and the woman who is accused of the crime — ends up being all about how a man feels about her.
NOTE: This is not a “review” of The Face of an Angel! 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 The Face of an Angel.