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A Fantastic Woman(Una mujer fantástica)

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Chile, Germany, Spain · 2017
Rated R · 1h 44m
Director Sebastián Lelio
Starring Daniela Vega, Francisco Reyes, Luis Gnecco, Aline Küppenheim
Genre Drama

Marina's life is thrown into turmoil following the death of her partner. Mourning the loss of the man she loved, she finds herself under intense scrutiny from those with no regard for her privacy.

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What are people saying?

Hannah Benson Profile picture for Hannah Benson

Such a powerful film and amazing performance by Daniela Vega. This film has so much compassion and respect for Marina and the grieving process.

Meagen Tajalle Profile picture for Meagen Tajalle

This film depicts realistic and heartbreaking aspects of the disrespect and dehumanization that Marina is subjected to, but never wavers from the deep deep kindness toward its protagonist that serves as the through-line for the movie.

What are critics saying?


The Guardian by

It may be a timely film, but it is its timelessness, as well as its depths of compassion, that qualify it as a great one.


IndieWire by David Ehrlich

While the storytelling grows frustratingly elliptical, Lelio so desperate to constrain the drama that he resorts to removing helpful pieces of it, the scenes that remain are succinct and evocative.


The Hollywood Reporter by David Rooney

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.


The Film Stage by Ed Frankl

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


Variety by Guy Lodge

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.


The Playlist by Jessica Kiang

The superb Vega’s steady, liquid, fathomless gaze is so direct that we come to understand that behind it, behind the barricade of defenses she’s built up against an unfriendly world, she is no enigma at all: she is completely known to herself.


Screen International by Wendy Ide

Driven by a powerhouse performance by mesmerising transgender actress Vega, the fifth feature from Sebastián Lelio combines urgent naturalism with occasional flickers of fantasy to impressive, and wrenchingly emotional effect.

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