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:+6
Is there a female character with insignificant screen time in a position of authority? [why this matters]
Is there a female character who is primarily defined by her emotional and/or sexual relationship with a man or men? [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)
IS THE FILM’S DIRECTOR FEMALE? No (does not impact scoring)
IS THE FILM’S SCREENWRITER FEMALE? No (does not impact scoring)
BOTTOM LINE: Quite often, a movie that should have been about something that happened to a woman ends up actually being about a man grappling with his own feelings about whatever happened to her. And while this movie does feature such a man, it also includes, as a coprotagonist, the woman herself, fleshing out her story… which encompasses both personal matters of life and death as well as matters with international legal import.
NOTE: This is not a “review” of Woman in Gold! 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 Woman in Gold.