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A Fantastic Woman (15)

Daniela Vega is spectacular in A Fantastic Woman

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.

Tagged with: Cinema New releases

Chile 2017 Dir Sebastián Lelio 104 min

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