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/10
1,602 Ratings

A Fantastic Woman

Una mujer fantástica

Directed by Sebastián Lelio
Chile, Germany, 2017
Drama, LGBTQ+

Synopsis

Marina, a transgender nightclub singer, comes under suspicion when her much older lover Orlando dies suddenly. After being harassed and threatened by her late boyfriend’s vengeful relatives and the police, she must defend her rights as both Orlando’s partner and as a human being.

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A Fantastic Woman Directed by Sebastián Lelio

Awards & Festivals

Berlin International Film Festival

2017 | 2 wins including: Teddy - Best Feature Film

2017 | Special Mention: Prize of the Ecumenical Jury - Competition

Academy Awards

2018 | Winner: Best Foreign Language Film

Independent Spirit Awards

2018 | Winner: Best International Film

Lelio’s deployment of fantasy sequences further provides a mode of articulating her state of mind. We watch her physically soar on two occasions: the first battling a windstorm on her way home, her body arching upwards as if walking on air; the second at a nightclub late on in the film, when she floats in the air, leading a choreographed sequence in a magnificent gold and silver tinsel outfit.
March 02, 2018
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Suffused with fantastical elements, dreamlike sequences and hallucinatory images, “A Fantastic Woman” stars Daniela Vega, a trans actress, and her performance roots the film in a kind of intimate verisimilitude. . . . Lelio approaches this material with sensitivity and empathy. There’s restraint in his style, eloquent as it is.
February 02, 2018
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The film is dead simple in its visual execution, except for some symbolic flourishes that will either jar with you or make you feel there’s a mysterious resonance you can’t quite pinpoint… But it was the most accomplished mainstream film in competition at this year’s Berlinale, and as Marina, transgender performer Daniela Vega gave one of the most fascinating performances to be seen here, shifting moods… from shot to shot with mercurial fluidity. Fantástica, for sure.
February 17, 2017
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