Undoubtedly, one of the most talked about moments of the recent celebration of the Venice Film Festival is the arrival of the couple of the moment: Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez, who resume their relationship after almost twenty years. Both viewers and the press already knew about this romance after some paparazzi photos that went viral, little by little they have made small appearances such as the photograph that the singer shared on her networks on her birthday, where she posed with the actor loss – 92%.
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However, this is the first official appearance so to speak. Perhaps this meeting somewhat overshadowed the reason why the couple were there, that is, the presentation of The Last Duel – 69%, the most recent film directed by Ridley Scott (Alien – The Eighth Passenger – 97%, Rescue Mission – 92%, All the Money in the World – 63%), where Affleck and Matt Damon participated as screenwriters and an important part of the cast.
During the presentation of the film to the press (via El Mundo), the also director of Argo declared that the film, based on a true story, marks an important problem before society that has remained in force for centuries, and is about the way in which women are minimized. But despite this, the protagonist played by Jodie Comer becomes a representative character for feminism.
Was the same Ben affleck who called herself part of the feminist movement, which in recent years has generated quite a stir, especially in the Hollywood industry with the birth of #MeToo, where several actresses and workers in the film world pointed out their attackers and spoke openly about harassment and other aggressions of which they were victims for years. You can read the actor’s statement below.
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I consider myself a feminist, and if this is an interesting movie it is because of the role of Marguerite (Jodie Comer), her strength and her courage. […] It is an important and incredible story. Classic in terms of narrative: faced with a great injustice, a woman decides to raise her voice and seek justice by putting herself at risk. The fact that it is a powerful man who abuses her seemed something relevant today and that could generate catharsis and empathy.
Matt Damon, meanwhile, who returns to work with Ben after the success of Indomitable Mind – 97%, where they also wrote and acted, recognized that their way of writing this script was very different from that of Indomitable Mind, ensuring that the way they wrote in the 90s was inefficient as they did not understand structures. He also commented on the place that women have had throughout history. In this particular film, the protagonist dares to point out the man who assaulted her (Adam Driver), who was also her husband’s best friend (Damon).
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In male-centered stories, women appear when men need them for something; otherwise they are ignored. They are property, they are not human beings. At the time, men were very good at cataloging everything they did, but women’s history was completely invisible, so we all had to make up a lot of it.