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 a female character who is primarily defined by her emotional and/or sexual relationship with a man or men? [why this matters]
Is there a female character who is primarily defined by her emotional or biological relationship with a child or children? [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? Yes, one of two credited (Audrey Diwan) (does not impact scoring)
BOTTOM LINE: Women do not exist in the world of this film except as motivating factors for men to do, or not do, things they might not be otherwise inclined toward, or to egg them on further in their goals.
NOTE: This is not a “review” of The Connection (La French)! 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 Connection (La French).