‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire’: The smoldering lesbian romance snubbed by the Oscars

Denied France’s Oscar nomination slot despite rave reviews, Sciamma’s film, opening around the US this week, bucks the trend of muting women’s voices on-screen. A study from San Diego State University’s Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film found that women made up 34 percent of all speaking characters in 2019 films.

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