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 Pianist (2002) [imdb]

This movie passed 1 of 3 tests. It was entered by Dr. SpaceGoat on 2014-06-06 03:27:28.



Dr. SpaceGoat said:
There's Dorota, Halina, Regina, and Janina.
Halina and Regina are mostly in the same scenes as each other, but they never talk to each other directly. Dorota and Janina never meet any other named woman.
Wladyslaw's mother is unnamed.
Message posted on 2014-06-06 03:27:28
larisa5656 disagreed with the rating and said:
I agree that this movie is tricky to rate. First, Wladyslaw's mother is credited as "Mother" in the credits and script. Since all of the characters refer to her as "Mama" or "Mother", I think this should count as an actual name. Sure, its not a "real" name like Halina or Regina, but its more of a name than, say, "Woman shot by Nazis."

That being said, while the family conversations sometimes make it difficult to whether someone is talking to a specific person or the group at large, I was able to find two instances of direct exchange between Halina and Mother about money.
MOTHER: What on earth are you doing?

HALINA: There's a good place under the cupboard.

HALINA: Mama, what is it?
MOTHER: Twenty zlotys. That's all we've got left. What can I buy with twenty zlotys?
Message posted on 2018-02-07 17:59:41
Molly disagreed with the rating and said:
I think the rating should be changed to pass.
There is a clear conversation between two named women, as mentioned in the last comment before mine.
The rating hinges on the fact whether "Mother" counts as a name, however the "Father" is also credited the same way, he just gets his real name mentioned once. Both characters get the same billing and are just as important to the story as the other. So, I think "Mother" should pass as a name, and therefore give the film a pass.
Message posted on 2018-06-21 11:13:16

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