A Fantastic Woman


The film follows transgender waitress Marina Vidal (Daniela Vega) in the devastating aftermath of her 57-year-old husband Orlando (Francisco Reyes)’s sudden death. Moonlighting as a nightclub singer, Marina soon finds herself having to process her grief whilst becoming the focus of everyone’s suspicions surrounding her husband’s untimely death. Looked upon as a murderer by the investigating authorities and Orlando’s family, Marina is banned from her husband’s funeral and questioned and harassed relentlessly before she can fully come to terms with her grief as she tries to make everyone around her see the truth.

Academy Awards

2018 Winner:  Best Foreign Language Film

Golden Globes
2018 Nominated:
Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language

Berlin Film Festival:
Golden Bear nomination Best Film
Winner: Best Screenplay

Critics Views

“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 Hollywood Reporter

“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.”  Screen International

“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.”  Variety

Film Rating

 Critics 86% Audience 72%

Rotten Tomatoes
Top Critics positive review 97%  Top Critics average rating score 84% Audience liked it 77%

Stockbridge Audience: 83%

No. of responses:-
Excellent 16
Good 24
Average 3
Poor 0
Very Poor 0

Date: Wednesday 12 September 2018

Time: 7.30pm

Length: 1hr 44mins

Genre: Drama, Foreign Language

Language: Spanish (English Subtitles)

Director: Sebastián Lelio

Writers: Sebastián Lelio and Gonzalo Maza

Starring: Daniela Vega, Francisco Reyes, Luis Gnecco, Aline Küppenheim, Nicolás Saavedra, Amparo Noguera

Rating: 15
Strong language, discriminatory behaviour

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