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Choose two of these three films–Frances Ha, Obvious Child and Bridesmaids—and
search for scenes that use montage or other interesting editing techniques (e.g.,
match cuts, jump cuts, cross cutting, etc.) to emphasize a central character’s agency
or lack of agency.

Does the pace and style of the editing in each film reflect the
character’s inner sense that she possesses the agency necessary to take control of her
circumstances? How would you characterize the subtle differences in each film’s use
of editing? What effects do editing decisions have on our interpretation of the
character? Use Samantha Ellis’ more rigorous version of the Bechdel Test in your
argument in order to explore agency and editing within the representation of
women’s experiences on film.

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