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

[[0]] Grave of the Fireflies (1988) [imdb]

This movie passed 0 of 3 tests. It was entered by Daisy on 2014-10-23 17:59:51.



Daisy said:
While Setsuko has a conversation about the rice they're eating with her aunt, the only named characters in this movie are Setsuko and her brother Seita. Therefore this movie does not pass the Bechdel Test.
Message posted on 2014-10-23 17:59:51
Jon disagreed with the rating and said:
I think the test overall is a bit vague.

The point of the film was to show the horrors of war which it did very succesfully.

It's why there's only two named characters in the whole thing. The older brother Seitaand the young, toddler sibling Setsuko.

Sure, this movie does not pass the test because the only named female character in this entire movie is Setsuko.

But there's absolutely nothing offensive towards women in this film at all! It accurately dipicts how the Japanese were forced to live during the midst of the American Invasion in World War II. Everyone was struggling and resorting to immoral acts to stay alive.

Yet for some reason we should judge this film on a 3 requisite test? That is far too judgmental and biased, I believe.
Message posted on 2014-11-04 18:26:29
Anna said:
I agree with Jon that the Bechdel test is not an entirely accurate measure of whether or not a movie is feminist (or anti-feminist) or not. However, we don't really have another (relatively) objective means of doing so. This will have to do until someone comes up with another.
Message posted on 2014-11-11 22:29:29
levhita said:
Just because a movie does not pass, does not mean it is judged poorly. If that is so, then the purpose of the test is misunderstood. All movies should be subject to the test's scrutiny because the purpose of the test is to assess all films and look at the aggregated outcome, to see how many films pass and how many fail. Obviously, there will be a percentage that can and should fail, but the point is that it shouldn't be a massive majority of films.
Message posted on 2017-07-26 20:18:18
Silvercatmon said:
The Bechdeel test is not of the quality of a movie, but the overall representative of women in ALL movies overall. This is a very good/powerful movie that should be watched.
If movies overall where equal, then this movie wouldn't have to be mentioned as not meeting the Bechdel Test. This movie is almost an outlier in that it doesn't meet the Bechdel Test is fine because of the story itself. More movies need to meet the test. This is a movie most people need to watch.
Message posted on 2018-06-09 22:19:34

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