Is there a female character (either a protagonist or a supporting character with significant screen time) in a position of authority (politics, law, medicine, etc.)? [why this matters]
Is there a female character with insignificant screen time in a position of authority? [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)
IS THE FILM’S DIRECTOR FEMALE? No (does not impact scoring)
IS THE FILM’S SCREENWRITER FEMALE? No (does not impact scoring)
BOTTOM LINE: A female protagonist who battles to wrest some authority and agency for herself from a male-dominated institution is not the sort of story we’re used to seeing, and one we need to see much more of. It’s a pity that the film itself no more appears to recognize that this is what she is doing than her male superiors do.
NOTE: This is not a “review” of The Letters (aka Letters from Mother Teresa)! 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 Letters (aka Letters from Mother Teresa).