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A Fantastic Woman

  • Starring: Daniela Vega, Francisco Reyes, Luis Gnecco
  • Director: Sebastián Lelio
  • Genre(s): Drama
  • Language: Spanish
  • Rating: NR
  • Running Time: 104 min.

A Fantastic Woman is the story of Marina, a waitress and singer, and Orlando, an older man, who are in love and planning for the future. After Orlando suddenly falls ill and dies, Marina is forced to confront his family and society, and to fight again to show them who she is: complex, strong, forthright, fantastic. [Sony Pictures Classics]

"Beyond the looking and seeing, this extraordinary film wants us to feel the coherence of Marina’s life. She is, she insists with beautiful passion, flesh and blood, like everyone else."
- Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"There are moments here that arrest you with their hallucinatory power. "
- Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times
"Psychologically astute and socially aware as the film is, it is also infused with mystery and melodrama, with bright colors and emotional shadows. "
- A.O. Scott, The New York Times
"Shocking and enraging, funny and surreal, rapturous and restorative, this is a film of startling intensity and sinuous mood shifts wrapped in a rock-solid coherence of vision. "
- David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter
"Vega’s tough, expressive, subtly anguished performance deserves so much more than political praise. It’s a multi-layered, emotionally polymorphous feat of acting, nurtured with pitch-perfect sensitivity by her director, who maintains complete candor on Marina’s condition without pushing her anywhere she wouldn’t herself go. "
- Guy Lodge, Variety
"A Fantastic Woman catches a human being in the challenging and exhilarating process of inventing herself. The result is unique and unforgettable. "
- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Timely issues of transgender rights both in Latin and North America help make A Fantastic Woman a bolder, brasher film, fiery in comparison with Gloria’s relatively tenderness, but anchored once more by a stellar central performance."
- Ed Frankl, The Film Stage
"A Fantastic Woman, nominated in the Best Foreign Language Film category at this year’s Academy Awards, is a tremendous portrait of grief and prejudice. It’s also an incredible showcase for Vega, who excels in a role that’s unfortunately rare in film—as a trans character who’s more than the butt of a joke or an exoticized other. "
- David Sims, The Atlantic