Bechdel Test Movie List

/bech·del test/ n.
1. It has to have at least two [named] women in it
2. Who talk to each other
3. About something besides a man

[[3]] Noah (2014) [imdb]

This movie passed 3 of 3 tests. It was entered by J on 2014-04-01 03:38:30.



J said:
This one scraps by. Ila and Naameh talk about Ila's female children and other matters. The overriding conflict is what Noah will choose to do with those children. But they don't always talk about it directly.
Message posted on 2014-04-01 03:38:30
John Eddels disagreed with the rating and said:
While the movie arguably passes the test, women are reduced to their biological functions. Ila and Naameh talk about Ila's babies and indirectly talk about Noah. The conversation still revolves around a male character.
Message posted on 2014-04-11 08:33:37
Anna said:
It think the movie passes. Not only would I count the conversation after the birth, but I think you could plausibly include the interaction when the family find Ila injured in the quarry and Naameh tends to the wound and reassures her. Yes, Naameh does introduce her son to Ila during this interchange, but the main thrust of the conversation is about medical assistance.
Incidentally, on the Captain America: Winter Soldier thread, there is an question of whether the female characters talking about the caliber of bullet that has hit one of the male characters counts as a pass of the third part of the test. Comparing the two, I think it is unfair for CA:WS to fail the third test and Noah to pass as is currently showing in the rating system.
Message posted on 2014-04-12 17:26:28
Sarah said:
I wouldn't say this is a clear pass. It's the first film I watched after hearing about the Bechdel test. Whilst I know the "named" female character is an addition to the test, I came away from the film not being able to recall Naameh's name! And I felt that as the only two real conversations Ila and Naameh had were about childbirth (as opposed to being about men) this illustrates the same point about the way women are portrayed in Hollywood that the test highlights.
Message posted on 2014-05-06 12:49:45

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