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]] The Worst Person in the World (2021) [imdb]

This movie passed 3 of 3 tests (although dubious). It was entered by elephant_with_cape on 2022-01-11 12:11:54.



elephant_with_cape said:
First off, I really enjoyed this film. It centers around a female lead and her search for meaning.

There are more than 2 named female characters, though only two are really important : Julie (lead), Sunniva (Eivind's ex)

They talk to each other :
Julie speaks to Aksel's friend briefly about her writing, the friend is not named, and the conversation veers towards parenting.

Julie talks to her step-sister about her football matches, but she is not named.

Julie and Sunniva talk very briefly in the bookstore as Sunniva is looking for "Green Yoga" so technically it passes. However, I would argue that the purpose of the scene is to show Eivind with Sunniva and therefore that the purpose of the interaction from a cinematic sense is about a man.

I was surprised when I looked back through the film, that there are very few interactions between women. In the reverse, Aksel speaks with his named friend about his comic book adaptation ; but aside from that there are few interactions between just men.

This film is hinged on relationships between genders so it makes sense that nearly all the interactions are between men and women.
Message posted on 2022-01-11 12:11:54

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