7 Movies With No Male Characters

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Persona (1966)

Ingmar Bergman's modernist masterpiece follows Alma, a young nurse, who is looking after Elisabeth, a well-known actress who has suddenly gone mute. This psychological experimental film explores themes of duality and the Jungian theory of an external identity separate from the soul.

The Descent (2005)

This British horror film about a group of women who get trapped underground when they venture out on a caving expedition depicts the primal fury of these women in full force and only features one man in a flashback scene.

The Women (2008)

This modern adaptation of the 1939 classic film, that had a cast of entirely women in 130 speaking roles, boasts of an ensemble cast of Meg Ryan, Carrie Fisher, Eva Mendes, Annette Bening, Bette Midler and Jada Pinkett Smith among other prolific actresses.

The Duke of Burgundy (2014)

This erotic film captures the essence of the "female gaze" in its male-absent landscape of butterflies and female sensuality while exploring the unconventional relationship between a "mistress" and "maid".

Suspiria (2018)

Luca Guadagnino's homage to the 1977 Italian supernatural horror film explores motherhood and the dynamics of matriarchies through the tale of a young dancer (Dakota Johnson) finding her footing in an exclusive dance academy in Berlin. The only male character of note is also deceptively played by Tilda Swinton.

I Am Mother (2019)

This stylish Netflix sci-fi thriller follows "Daughter", a teen raised alone by "Mother" a sentient AI, following the mass extinction of the world outside. This tale on motherhood is written by two men yet there is only one man vaguely mentioned in the film.

Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019)

Céline Sciamma's slow-burn love story between two women-Héloïse and Marianne-is a visual masterpiece that explores female desire and puts passionate relationships between women, whether romantic or platonic, to the forefront.

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