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]] Eye in the Sky (2015) [imdb]

This movie passed 3 of 3 tests. It was entered by Andrea on 2016-04-18 00:48:07.



Andrea said:
Early in the film, Colonel Katherine Powell speaks with officer Carrie Gershon as they introduce each other before the mission.

Later, little girl Aisha has two exchanges with women who come to buy bread from her. The first of these exchanges would be dubious as they are watched from above and we can't hear their words; however in the second exchange we clearly hear the woman asking about the bread and the little girl responding.

The film has a wide array of female characters in all the important settings - the political headquarters, the operative base, the terrorist residence, the drone pilot's cabin, the local family, as well as in the peripheral scenes with characters connected from China and Thailand. Even so, the test is passed only by the above handful of episodes; this is most likely due to the fact that most communication in this film is done as group calls, which defy the nature of the Bechdel Test. E.g. when the American female advisor calls the political headquarters to advise a course of action, she is addressing the whole room, including the British female advisor; this example doesn't contribute to the test because it's a group conversation rather than a 1 on 1 exchange.

The film passes the Bechdel Test and is an excellent example of female representation in Hollywood.
Message posted on 2016-04-18 00:48:07

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