BASIC REPRESENTATION SCORE: +25
FEMALE AGENCY/POWER/AUTHORITY SCORE: 0
[no significant representation of women in authority]
THE MALE GAZE SCORE: 0
GENDER/SEXUALITY SCORE: -15
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)
TOTAL SCORE: +10
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.
See the full rating criteria. (Criteria that do not apply to this film have been deleted in this rating for maximum readability.)