BASIC REPRESENTATION SCORE: +12
FEMALE AGENCY/POWER/AUTHORITY SCORE: 0
[no significant representation of women in authority]
THE MALE GAZE SCORE: 0
GENDER/SEXUALITY SCORE: -10
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: +2
IS THE FILM’S DIRECTOR FEMALE? No (does not impact scoring)
IS THE FILM’S SCREENWRITER FEMALE? No (does not impact scoring)
BOTTOM LINE: Women here are exclusively adjuncts to men — wives, mothers, and daughters — who either have done or are doing something noteworthy (whether positive or negative, brave or cowardly). But they do also have small journeys of their own to make as they learn truths they were not previously aware of.
NOTE: This is not a “review” of The Look of Silence! 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 Look of Silence.
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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