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]] A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014) [imdb]

This movie passed 3 of 3 tests. It was entered by 7384 on 2015-01-11 00:02:36.



7384 said:
Though technically our protagonist is only listed as "The Girl", her lack of a name is intentional. She talks to Atti about her life and some more abstract things like happiness. They also briefly talk about a cat of unknown gender.
Message posted on 2015-01-11 00:02:36
Velleda said:
The main female protagonist is unnamed, it's part of her mysterious nature and not a lack of screen time.
Atti, the prostitute
Shaydah, the rich girl
The cat is a male and is unnamed.

The girl and Atti talk about Atti life and future.
Shaydah talk with her unnamed friend at the costume party about drug and probably about Arash (male lead).

Characters don't talk much in this movie, so the woman to male speech ratio is quite good.
Message posted on 2015-01-17 16:03:47
femmeapples disagreed with the rating and said:
I'm so sorry, but yeah, I gotta disagree - this is a 2.5-del - The Girl is not a named character, on purpose or not. (Gosh, if purposely left unnamed women in films counted...)

Certainly a feminist (and visually brilliant) film, but the Bechdel Test doesn't measure feminism, it just measures The Bechdel Test.

So yeah, some close moments were when Shaydah "the princess"'s friend at the dance, Shenkin (? she introduces her, but no name in the credits) whispers inaudibly to her, but it's probably about Arash... so 2/3 there.
And, of course, when Atti and The Girl have a lengthy convo about life and goals - 2.5/3

Now, the original comic doesn't ask for names, but as a community we've decided to be machmir (Jewish term for "stringent in law/custom") about this and set the very low bar of the having names - so it's a makil (Jewish term for "lenient in law/custom) Bechdel Pass, but not a machmir one. Sadly.
Message posted on 2020-05-22 03:48:01

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