A Fantastic Woman (15)

Daniela Vega is spectacular in A Fantastic Woman
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Sebastián Lelio (Gloria) directs a luminescent Daniela Vega in this deeply moving portrait of a woman trying to mourn her late partner.

Marina (Daniela Vega) is a young waitress and aspiring singer. Her partner, Orlando (Francisco Reyes) is 20 years older than her, and owns a printing company. Despite their differences in age and class, they have a deeply loving relationship.

When Orlando suffers a sudden fatal aneurysm, Marina is treated with suspicion. Marina is a trans woman. By virtue of her gender identity she is treated like a criminal, with everyone from the doctors and Orlando’s family to the police seeing not a grieving woman, but an aberration, a perversion.

Daniela Vega is revelatory in the central role, living up to her title. Director Sebastián Lelio (Gloria) has created an exquisitely compassionate portrait of the everyday obstacles of transgender existence.

Chile 2017 Dir Sebastián Lelio 104 min

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Podcast: Sebastián Lelio / A Fantastic Woman

In the lead up to the Academy Awards, we talk to Chilean director Sebastián Lelio about his Best Foreign Language Film nominated film A Fantastic Woman.

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