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:-9
Is there a female character with insignificant screen time in a position of authority? [why this matters]
Is there a woman who dies (either onscreen or off) whose death motivates a male protagonist? [why this matters]
Is there more than one woman who is kidnapped and/or raped and/or killed in order to motivate 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 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 wife character who has a bit more to do than the usual female support for a male protagonist — she is faces challenges as she copes on her own with three small children while her soldier husband is deployed overseas — is what keeps this primarily male-centered story from scoring worse than it does.
NOTE: This is not a “review” of A War (Krigen)! 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 A War (Krigen).