The Bechdel Film Club is an opportunity to watch new and classic films that pass the Bechdel Test. The test was created by Allison Bechdel and it highlights how women are underrepresented in film. There are three simple criterion:
1. There must be two women in the film, both with names.
2. The two women must talk to each other.
3. They must talk about something other than a man.
This week we will screen Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, a 1988 Spanish comedy-drama film directed by Pedro Almodóvar. The film stars Carmen Maura as Pepa, a woman who resolves to kill herself with a batch of sleeping-pill-laced gazpacho after her lover leaves her. Fortunately, she is interrupted by a deliciously chaotic series of events which allow for the exploration of the female psyche. Come with friends or come alone and make friends, then sit back and relax on the comfy bean bag chairs at the Women*s Center. Dinner provided!
Watch the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/embed/PypMOEKJuh8?start=36
Note on the relevancy of the Bechdel Test - a film can pass and still be totally demeaning to women, but the point of the test is more to highlight, rather than be a true test of gender equality in film.