BASIC REPRESENTATION SCORE: +25
FEMALE AGENCY/POWER/AUTHORITY SCORE: 0
[no significant representation of women in authority]
THE MALE GAZE SCORE: -5
GENDER/SEXUALITY SCORE: +1
WILDCARD SCORE: +5
Is there anything either positive or negative in the film’s representation of women not already accounted for here? (points will vary)
The story is overtly about the price that women pay for defying the restrictions placed upon them by men and by the culture at large, and what it takes to be brave in the face of this.
TOTAL SCORE: +26
IS THE FILM’S DIRECTOR FEMALE? No (does not impact scoring)
IS THE FILM’S SCREENWRITER FEMALE? Yes (Phyllis Nagy) (does not impact scoring)
BOTTOM LINE: A story about two women trying to carve out places for themselves in a world that refuses to acknowledge their needs as valid is perhaps the very definition of a feminist film. That it is also a story of their romance is a bonus: mainstream films about lesbians are extraordinarily rare.
NOTE: This is not a “review” of Carol! 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 Carol.
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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