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]] Certified Copy (2010) [imdb]

This movie passed 3 of 3 tests. It was entered by Lenore Tenenbaum on 2011-03-15 19:57:31.



Lenore Tenenbaum said:
The female lead has conversations with basically two other females who remain nameless. They discuss a few things other than a man, but it doesn't take long for the conversations to wind up there. Passes, but barely.
Message posted on 2011-03-15 19:57:32
Jeanne Lagabrielle disagreed with the rating and said:
There is just one woman who has a name, if i remember well...
Message posted on 2011-04-10 19:11:31
John said:
Is any woman named in this movie? Certainly not the female lead, played by Juliette Binoche — the cast list on Wikipedia calls her "she." (IMDB calls her "Elle," which is just French for "she.") For that matter, no other character is named on Wikipedia or IMDB other than the male lead. If no woman is named in the whole movie, then logically the movie must fail the test, right?

Well, I don't think so; I think this movie is an example of how the test should be rephrased to include women or girls who have major roles, whether or not they're named. That could help to make more sense of the "pass" rating given to this movie and others where the main woman isn't named, Joan Fontaine's character in "Rebecca" (1940 version) and Veronica Lake's character in "Sullivan's Travels," and many silent movies with credits that gave generic names to main characters like "The Girl."
Message posted on 2022-03-10 01:11:07

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