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Jessica Chastain Is Disturbed By Representation of Women in Film at Cannes Film Festival (Video)

Jessica Chastain Is Disturbed By Representation of Women in Film at Cannes Film Festival (Video)

Jessica Chastain was one of the jury members at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival and she observed something by watching 20 movies at the festival – the representation of women on film in 2017 is surprising and disturbing.

“This is the first time I watched 20 films in 10 days, and I love movies, and the one thing I really took away from this experience is how the world views women,” the Oscar-nominated actress said during a press conference after the closing ceremony. “It was quite disturbing to me, to be honest. There are some exceptions. For the most part, I was surprised with the representation of female characters on screen in these films.”

“I do hope that when we include more female storytellers, we will have more women that I recognize in my day-to-day life. Ones who are pro-active, have their own agencies, just don’t react to the men around them. They have their own point-of-view,” she added.

Jessica and the rest of the jury awarded the Best Director award to Sofia Coppola for her movie The Beguiled, which features a strong cast of women.

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Posted to: 2017 Cannes Film Festival, Jessica Chastain

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  • Ulysses Joyce

    No one cares ,stop with this Identity politics ,if you want to see a movie with a postive female characters then do your own fucking movie.

  • Fred alonso

    She better not bite the hand that feeds. She could be the next Katherine Heigl or Jessica Alba in a fortnight.

  • Casey C

    The differences being she can act and she’s respected, unlike the two you mentioned.

  • TaraTeller

    I’m a woman and am tired of all these rich female movie stars constantly complaining about how women aren’t treated equally in hollywierd. you’re all overpaid and if you don’t like the Hollywood system, how about using your own money and forming your own production company and make movies you want to make about women. fish or cut bait.

  • TaraTeller

    exactly. create your own company and make the movies you want to make. use your own money. so many whiners.

  • Vanessa Graten

    Yeah, Jessica is really outspoken and ballsy. She may be a good actress but her career is only a few years old…she needs to stop acting like she has all this power to criticize the system.

  • Cooper

    that’s true but the one thing she doesn’t have is star power. She isn’t a box office draw which is where she may have issues. Sometimes that trumps talent hence why we have a ton of mediocre actors as A-Listers. I think it’s one thing to be critical but she is fairly new. I like her regardless though.

  • tom

    If you don’t like the industry you’re in, change careers.

  • alorwa

    Actually many of them do, including Jessica. And they have the right to comment about what’s going on in the industry they work in.

  • alorwa

    No they don’t have to, they want to change the industry.

  • Casey C

    so sick of that shitty arguement. part of her pushing for those movies to be made is raising her voice that women are being seriously underrepresented, or the way their represented is misogynistic at best.

  • Bojac

    I’m gonna guess that she’s mostly talking about “L’Amant Double”.

  • VanityInsecurity

    Yes god forbid she has an educated opinion on a subject matter that she in fact represents, in day to day life & also in her job.

    She’s only saying lets make these women characters authentic as we see one another & not how men see us. I think thats fair.

  • SaraJ

    Maybe she produces movies? We all see there are more powerful female producers and directors than ever – but the movies CHOSEN for Cannes all seem to follow a pattern, which is what she’s mentioning.

  • SaraJ

    And has a good attitude.

  • parisjok

    just shut up already

  • FrenchGirl

    I thought that the female lead role was interesting and it was brave for the actress to act it

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  • Kim

    Overpaid compared to ‘normal’ jobs or not, it is about equal pay on ALL work floors and for women to be seen as equals if doing the same f*cking job. Thanks to people like you with this attitude this won’t change for the rest of us any time soon sadly.

  • TaraTeller

    you want to boo hoo for some actress who only got 15 million while her costar got 20 million? be my guest.

  • GroundControl500

    Thanks for mansplaining our options. 🐽

  • Bojac

    Oh sure. Just saying that I’m pretty darn sure Chastain was put off by it. Her quote is basically “Yeah Cannes had a lot of female representation – but not the sanitized kind I want.”

  • GroundControl500

    Inequality at any level affects it at all levels.

  • GroundControl500

    This is all sailing right over your head, isn’t it? SMH.

  • Darren William Kyle

    What’s she is saying is “I demand that you pay me insane amounts of money to play make believe and dress up for six weeks a year, while I prance about like my life is a movie. TREAT MY LIKE ROYALTY AND PAY ME FOR IT”

  • Gina

    Clearly shallow Jared doesn’t get the irony in him showing a gallery of her red carpet looks, considering the topic of this article.

  • Lee

    Jes must have amnesia because her role in her first movie Jolene SHE HERSELF STARRED IN, was one of the grossest movies I’ve ever seen and her character was controlled and exploited by every male she slept with in the film, and all the women in the movie were portrayed as horrible people, so wth is she talking about? Don’t agree with her politics but admit she is gorgeous and a really good actress.

  • TaraTeller

    bite me. a hole

  • https://twitter.com/thedreadofpenny Penny Dreadful

    She didn’t mention what the films are that she objects to, so how can you know what the representation of women is like?

    I do think it’s funny that she wants to see more movies with women who represent her in her daily life. Seriously? Does she even hear herself?

  • https://twitter.com/thedreadofpenny Penny Dreadful

    Jessica didn’t have shit to say about anything at the start of her fame. When she caught on that spewing political propaganda is how celebrities stay relevant, that’s when she suddenly became a political activist. Seriously, look at her prior to just a couple of years ago. Dull, boring, uncharismatic.

  • https://twitter.com/thedreadofpenny Penny Dreadful

    Oh that’s stupid. You don’t think these folks are in high fashion because they want the public to ignore how they look, do you? How stupid.

  • Gina

    It’s not stupid, actually; but you are. You missed the point, just like Jared. There’s a time and place for everything. They gallery is a little tone deaf and ironically shallow.

  • https://twitter.com/thedreadofpenny Penny Dreadful

    This is not a politics and current events blog. It’s a celebrity gossip blog. You’re the idiot who thinks you’re reading CNN here.

  • Kim

    Well sweetie, that is how this equal rights thing works. It either applies to all of us or none of us. Now sit on it. Please, be my quest :-*

  • TaraTeller

    shut up

  • tom

    it’s always been like that. Good luck

  • Gina

    No idiot, I definitely don’t think this is CNN. You don’t have to be CNN in order to have common sense. F*ck outta here with your BS. You turned an off the cuff comment into an angry debate. Get over it, bitch.

  • https://twitter.com/thedreadofpenny Penny Dreadful

    LOL, look at the tantrum you’re throwing. The only one who’s angry and cussing and out of control here is you.

  • Gina

    If dancing around the subject helps you cope, go for it honey.

  • https://twitter.com/thedreadofpenny Penny Dreadful

    I don’t even know or care what the subject was to begin with. It’s days later now. Who the fuck cares (I mean, besides you)? I just think it’s funny watching you have hissy fits.

  • Gina

    Yeah, it’s days later and you’re still choosing to interact with me. If I still care, then clearly so do you, dumb ass. It takes two. Your hypocrisy is truly pathetic, moron.