[no significant representation of women in authority]
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]
Does a man police or attempt to police a woman’s sexual agency? [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? Yes (Sophie Barthes) (does not impact scoring)
IS THE FILM’S SCREENWRITER FEMALE? Yes, one of two credited (Sophie Barthes) (does not impact scoring)
BOTTOM LINE: A movie that examines the notion that women are not automatically fulfilled by marriage? A movie set almost 200 years ago should not be more progressive in this respect than most set today.
NOTE: This is not a “review” of Madame Bovary! 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 Madame Bovary.