The Cannes Film Festival is wrapping up so we've been looking at the winners, the losers, and what we can expect to see in the Oscar nominations in seven months. The idea of representation has also come up a lot in the recent days and Jessica Chastain had some very frank words about the female characters she saw in the movies she watched at Cannes this year.
The idea of women telling women's stories is one that a lot of people have a hard time wrapping their heads around. A woman can't claim to understand a man completely anymore than a man could claim to understand a woman. Chastain is merely pointing out that we need more women out there creating female characters that feel real. This is one of the many reasons why the upcoming Wonder Woman is a big deal; it's a women's story being told by a women. We don't have a lot of those right now and it's important that we encourage studios hire more female directors, writers, and take chances on more female lead projects.