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]] Winter's Bone (2010) [imdb]

This movie passed 3 of 3 tests. It was entered by Jan Lisa Huttner on 2010-06-06 00:11:37.



Jan Lisa Huttner said:
Beautifully made story about an Ozark teenager (Jennifer Lawrence) on an epic American journey--wandering through folkloric landscapes--meeting people of mythic depth. Yes, a male-oriented crime story is the anchor, but the primary focus is on the female protagonist & characters she interacts with--most of whom are women.
Message posted on 2010-06-06 00:11:37
disco burritos disagreed with the rating and said:
Aren't Ree's conversations with women exclusively about her father?
Message posted on 2010-06-28 19:02:35
Liza said:
I agree with this rating. Ree speaks with her mother about whether she should sells the woods they own and begs her for help figuring out how to keep the house. She also speaks with her little sister about many things not related to the men.
Message posted on 2010-07-06 14:11:27
mightywombat said:
I also agree with the rating - Ree and her best friend also talk about Ree's family and her thoughts about joining the army; Ree and her female neighbor talk about the food her neighbor brings her, taking care of the horse, and Ree's efforts to keep her family afloat. The conversations between names female characters are definitely not all about the dad.
Message posted on 2010-08-02 14:56:40
clara said:
The film clearly passes already in the first conversations Ree has with other women like giving her horse away to her neighbour because she can't feed it anymore. She talks to other women during her search for her father - but a lot of that is about asking them to help her.
Take the scene after she is beaten up, take the scene in the boat, her talking to her mother about needing help on the decision whether to sell the timber...
Message posted on 2010-11-30 11:04:24
Greg said:
Please remove the dubious symbol. Ree's conversations with her neighbor and sister and her mother all qualify.
Message posted on 2012-12-09 01:29:05
Diana said:
I agree with the dubious sign. Most of the conversations Ree has with other women were about Jessup or Little Arthur. Overall, it does pass the test, on a series of technicalities (her asking for help, talking to her younger sister). I think it's sad that so many films with female protagonists are still male-centric.
Message posted on 2013-01-17 02:14:17
Cate said:
Diana, there is hardly a single frame in this movie where Ree isn't pictured. The main conflict arises because of a man, but the entire movie is more on Ree's strength and determination. Her motivations are much more driven by her dedication to her family (two females and a male) than by any relationship with a man. It just happens to be a man's stupidity that puts her in a tight spot.
This is one of the strongest female movies I've seen for a while, and it definitely passes the test with flying colors.
Message posted on 2013-02-05 02:36:58
Raleigh said:
@Cate and Diana,

Neither is to the point. Whether a movie passes the test is not determined by the strength of the female characters portrayed, or by the movies credentials as a feminist-friendly movie. This movie passes because Jennifer Lawrence's character discusses things besides men with other female characters. That's all.
Message posted on 2013-03-06 18:38:17

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