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This movie passes, passes, passes!

There are numerous named female characters:
Hanna - a sixteen-year-old girl raised in the Finnish Arctic by her father and trained to fight
Marissa - the evil CIA agent who was Hanna's father's handler and who is the enemy he's training Hanna to protect herself from
Sophie - the material-girl, teenaged British tourist who meets Hanna-on-the-run and befriends her
Rachel - Sophie's hippie mother, who forms her own bond with Hanna
Katrin - Hanna's grandmother

Since the main plot of the movie is Marissa trying to hunt Hanna down, the conversations Marissa has with all the other women (and all the men she interacts with) revolve mostly around that, sometimes mentioning Hanna's father, sometimes not. That's an easy pass.

In addition, though, this is a movie with other themes and relationships. Despite Sophie's makeup-wearing, gum-popping ways, there's only one scene where she wants to chase boys and ends up dragging Hanna on a double date, and one scene where Hanna talks about meeting up with her father to Sophie. Other than that, Sophie indulges in a rapid-fire patter of pop culture, fashion, eye-rolling at her family, and genuine expressions of friendship—not boys.

Rachel admires Hanna for her independence and down-to-earth qualities, and Hanna spends quite a bit of time in the front of the family van while Rachel drives. Rachel's idea of conversation includes anthropological explanations for lipstick (Saying "labia" in front of your sixteen-year-old daughter? Instant mortification for said daughter! :-) and philosophizing on nature and theology.

I also appreciated that this movie featured a kick-ass heroine, yes, but at no point did she strip down, show skin, put on high heels/high-heeled boots, wear spandex/something clingy/something low-cut, or any other pandering to what has become the stereotype. She dressed to fight. Refreshing!

I'd call this movie a Bechdel home-run.

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Date: 2011-05-30 01:45 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ilthit
:D I didn't know this existed! XD Look at my country being all exotic and shit. I need to see this. I wonder if they even bother to use any Finnish in it - or Sámi, if they're going for maximum exoticism.

Judging by the pictures, everybody wears ordinary clothes, and the heroine doesn't wear make-up. Awesome.

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Date: 2011-05-30 03:06 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] hypatia
i heard an interview with the screenwriter (maybe also director?) - it was his FILM SCHOOL SCRIPT. pretty cool :)

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Date: 2011-05-30 08:44 pm (UTC)
holyschist: Image of a medieval crocodile from Herodotus, eating a person, with the caption "om nom nom" (Default)
From: [personal profile] holyschist
It was such a hardcore Bechdel homerun. I just wish I'd felt it was a little more coherent, and I found the ending kind of...disappointing. But I loved a lot of the pieces of it, omg. Especially Hanna. ♥_♥
Edited Date: 2011-05-30 08:45 pm (UTC)

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Date: 2011-05-30 11:53 pm (UTC)
holyschist: Image of a medieval crocodile from Herodotus, eating a person, with the caption "om nom nom" (Default)
From: [personal profile] holyschist
It was so head-and-shoulders above the usual "spandex babe" action movie!</i. For sure! I would like to believe in my head that Hanna [spoiler spoiler]. You know, after the end.

SPOILER

Date: 2011-05-31 10:49 pm (UTC)
holyschist: Image of a medieval crocodile from Herodotus, eating a person, with the caption "om nom nom" (Default)
From: [personal profile] holyschist
Basically, I mostly really want her to not die. And I'm not sure I can imagine a way for her to survive at that point. But I hope she does.

And preferably has adorable lesbian-raised-by-wolves adventures.

Re: SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER :-)

Date: 2011-05-31 11:59 pm (UTC)
holyschist: Image of a medieval crocodile from Herodotus, eating a person, with the caption "om nom nom" (Default)
From: [personal profile] holyschist
I like your interpretation! I honestly couldn't tell how fatal that wound was supposed to be.

YAY.

Were Sophie et famille all dead for sure? :-( *clings to happy alternate universe where they are not*

Re: SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER :-)

Date: 2011-06-01 01:19 am (UTC)
holyschist: Image of a medieval crocodile from Herodotus, eating a person, with the caption "om nom nom" (Default)
From: [personal profile] holyschist
I strongly approve of your happy ending handwaves!

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Date: 2011-05-31 11:58 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] delladea
Ooooh, I hadn't heard of this movie. *adds to Netflix queue*

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Date: 2011-06-01 04:54 pm (UTC)
laughingrat: A detail of leaping rats from an original movie poster for the first film of Nosferatu (Default)
From: [personal profile] laughingrat
That sounds REALLY cool!

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