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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

Where Are the Women? Lila & Eve

Where Are the Women? Lila and Eve

Its female protagonist and her female sidekick may be primarily defined as grieving mothers, but they do something with their grief.

BASIC REPRESENTATION SCORE: +30

+25
Is there a female protagonist? [why this matters]
+5
Is she nonwhite? [why this matters]

FEMALE AGENCY/POWER/AUTHORITY SCORE: 0

[no significant representation of women in authority]

THE MALE GAZE SCORE: 0

[no issues]

GENDER/SEXUALITY SCORE: -5

-5
Is there a female character who is primarily defined by her emotional or biological relationship with a child or children? [why this matters]

WILDCARD SCORE: 0

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

No.

TOTAL SCORE: +25

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

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

BOTTOM LINE: Its female protagonist and her female sidekick may be primarily defined as grieving mothers, but they do something with their grief. These women are not passive caretakers but aggressive avengers of their murdered children and are allowed to express rage in ways that we typically see only men do onscreen.


Click here for the ongoing ranking of 2015’s films for female representation.

NOTE: This is not a “review” of Lila & Eve! 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 Lila & Eve.

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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