BASIC REPRESENTATION SCORE: +25
FEMALE AGENCY/POWER/AUTHORITY SCORE: -5
THE MALE GAZE SCORE: 0
GENDER/SEXUALITY SCORE: -10
WILDCARD SCORE: +6
Is there anything either positive or negative in the film’s representation of women not already accounted for here? (points will vary)
TOTAL SCORE: +16
IS THE FILM’S DIRECTOR FEMALE? No (does not impact scoring)
IS THE FILM’S SCREENWRITER FEMALE? Yes, one of three credited (Alison Deegan)
BOTTOM LINE: From its complicated female protagonist (Kate Winslet), for whom wifehood and motherhood have been only a part of her full life, to its depiction of romantic relationships as meetings not only of hearts and bodies but of minds that change people in unexpected ways (and not always for the better), to its sensitive and multiple depictions of women’s tragedies that men don’t always want to see, this is a story that fully embraces the humanity of women.
Click here for the ongoing ranking of 2015’s films for female representation.
NOTE: This is not a “review” of A Little Chaos! 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 Little Chaos.
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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