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A FANTASTIC WOMAN

Director: Sebastián Lelio

104 mins, Chile-Germany-Spain, 2017, Digital


This film was released 2nd March 2018, and is no longer screening.

This film is F-Rated. Find out more here.

A young Chilean transgender woman struggles with grief and societal prejudice in Sebastián Lelio’s (Glory) compassionate, beautifully performed character study. The striking, enigmatic Marina (trans-actress Daniela Vega in her remarkable screen debut) works as a waitress in a Santiago café whilst training to be a professional singer, a pursuit supported by her partner, 57-year-old divorcé Orlando (Francisco Reyes).

When Orlando dies suddenly following an aneurysm, Marina finds that the authorities immediately suspect her, a trans-woman living with an older man, of foul play. Further indignities are incurred as she attempts to assert her position with Orlando’s bigoted ex-wife and adult son, the funeral arrangements becoming a battleground. Undaunted, Marina registers the constant humiliations meted out by family, police and doctors, bravely fighting for the respect she deserves.

(Notes by David O’Mahony.)

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