The sexism of the film "x+y"

18 Mar 2015 / Leonardo Barichello

Last week I went to the cinema to watch x+y, a British film about the journey of a brilliant math student until being part of the British team for the International Mathematics Olympiad. Overall, the film is OK, apart an inexplicable sexist scene in the end.

(spoiler alert)

The film has only three female characters: the boy's mother, a Chinese girl that ends up being the boy's first love and a blonde British girl whose role is not important... until the last 10 minutes of the film. The anticlimax of the movie happens when the coach of the Chinese team finds out that the Chinese girl spent the night in the bedroom of the main character. There was no need to explain how she ended up on his bedroom, but a few minutes after the scene, the blonde girl reveals that she was the one who told the coach implying that she made because of jealousy.

With this scene, all the female characters on the movie are "orbiting around" the main character (his mother, his first love and the blonde girl). I know that girls are not common in this kind of context (math) but there was no need to reinforce the female stereotype in films.

The film would not be particularly good for other reasons but, in my opinion, this scene destroyed it and made it seems highly sexist. After the film, reconsidering all the scenes in which the blonde girl was present, it was clear to me that none was really necessary, what made me think that the "final revelation" was inserted in the film by some kind of external interference (the producer?).

Independently of the reason, it is a shame that a non-Hollywood film supported by BBC portrayed woman like this...



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