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

[[1]] The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) [imdb]

This movie passed 1 of 3 tests. It was entered by Lucile on 2014-03-04 11:40:01.



Velleda said:
The movie count 3 named womans, Agatha (major character), Madame D and Clothilde (minor characters).

Agatha never talk with any of the other woman, nether the other woman with etch other.

Agatha talk about many topics (bakery, jail break, politic, poetry) outside of her relationship with Zero, but only with man.

Don't past the test but still a good movie.
Message posted on 2014-04-20 18:54:56
amazed said:
Clearly a male chauvinism party. Disturbing lack of female presence.
A curiosity.
Message posted on 2014-04-21 07:19:47
Missy said:
Disgusting movie that celebrates male-centric relationships while severely putting women down and making a mockery at how "ignorant" the "women folk" are. Doesn't pass the test AT ALL.
Message posted on 2014-05-10 02:36:09
Evan said:
Homophobic slurs, M Gustav objectified women constantly and teaches the young lobby boy his ways, women characters were weak clumsy and killed.
Message posted on 2014-05-29 16:50:13
Theo said:
I'm disappointed because I really loved this movie. Questions for Amazed and Missy: do you think that the film itself is chauvinistic and disgusting, or could it just be that the world and time in which the film takes place was a chauvinistic world, and the film accurately portrays that setting?

And what are people's thoughts regarding other Wes Anderson films?
Message posted on 2014-05-29 20:05:15
David disagreed with the rating and said:
Agatha is at the heart of everything Zero does. I think the way women are spoken of and treated is not glorified, but within the context of the characters and the time it was portraying. At the end of the film it's made absolutely clear (if you haven't worked it out already) that Gustave is just as needy and lonely as the elderly women he 'entertains' - I can't see how this is a chauvinistic point of view. Wes Anderson has, in my opinion, treated female characters better than a lot of other directors over the years. Just look at the love he clearly has for all of the Tenenbaums, and both the leads in Moonrise Kingdom.
Message posted on 2014-07-13 22:40:11
Kansas said:
Complete sausage parade. It is insane how huge this cast is and how few females are in it. I liked this movie but sweet heaven could we get some lady cameos? Tilda played a great corpse and all but could we really not spare any more girls? And maybe give her some lines? Agatha is nice but she's the Love Interest and has no arc of her own.
Message posted on 2014-08-04 07:24:41
alexandra disagreed with the rating and said:
The comments calling this movie chauvinistic are very ill-informed. This movie is in no way derogatory towards women. In fact, I would counter that it's the complete opposite. Anderson has stated that the Grand Budapest Hotel is, essentially, a Holocaust film. Gustave, who is bisexual, represents the lgbt people who were tortured by the Nazis; Zero, Eastern Europeans; and Kovacs, Jewish. All of these groups were tortured, persecuted, and killed for their sexuality, religion, and/or heritage. The people in the film that use homophobic slurs are THE BAD GUYS (aka Dmitri). Gustave's obsession with women is not something to be emulated, as is made blatantly clear in the film. It is also probable that he is overcompensating because he is bisexual in a world that viewed lgbt people as immoral and wrong. Now, for the female characters. Madame De's death is THE REASON THIS FILM EXISTS. She was not killed off because she was "stupid" or because women are portrayed as weak. She was literally murdered by her Nazi-affiliated relatives. Again, THESE ARE NOT THE GOOD GUYS. Do you dislike Silence of the Lambs because it features a misogynist, fatphobic murderer? No, because he is the VILLAIN. Just like Dmitri and Jopling are in The Grand Budapest. If you don't understand that, then I guess you have no understanding of the ideas of antagonists/protagonists. Now, with Agatha. The film quite literally describes Agatha as brave. She is a very strong female role model. She sticks to her guns when Zero wants her to become ensnared in the painting scheme, but when her loved ones are in dire need, she shows extreme bravery by becoming an instrumental part of helping Zero and Gustave break out of the hotel and protect the painting. Not to mention that Agatha also has a facial deformity, but is considered beautiful and is confident despite it. Anyone who thinks this film is misogynistic does not truly understand what it is about, which is extremely disappointing as I think it is a very important film.
Message posted on 2015-03-27 14:02:50
amy disagreed with the rating and said:
This may pass the test though dubiously. The sisters of Adrien Brody's character (i.e. the daughters of Madame D) are also named (Marguerite, Laetizia and Carolina) and they converse multiple times. Specifically, when asked if Kovacs' cat was thrown out the window, they each reply "Oh, did he?", "I don't know" or something to that effect. This is dubious because they don't talk directly to each other but rather in joint conversation with Kovacs.
Message posted on 2015-08-18 13:01:54
Victoria said:
Amy- despite the sisters talking, by saying "did he?" that means they're talking about a man. So it still fails, unfortunately.
Message posted on 2016-12-19 13:48:43
Jay said:
I don't think it passes the test, but I'd disagree about Agatha. Her bravery in smuggling things into the prison via pastries essentially facilitates the entire plot. (It's remarked upon as well.)
Message posted on 2017-12-03 04:54:36
Ajdan said:
In a cast of 97 people, 16 are women. Only two have actual lines longer then one sentence, but they don't say much. Just short short sentences and they are both the love interests of the male protagonists.

Out of the 14 other women present in the movie, 5 are women that Gustave is fucking, four are sisters of two different male characters and the rest you only see short glimpses of except the housekeeper that has a short line towards the end.
Message posted on 2021-03-10 13:38:38

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