A Fantastic Woman

A Fantastic Woman

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Academy Award-winning tale of a transgender woman mourning her lost lover, from Chilean filmmaker Sebastián Lelio (Gloria). Winner of the Screenwriting Award at Berlin. More

"A Fantastic Woman is, to put it simply, a fantastic film. It is compassionate portrait of the day-to-day challenges of transgender life, but cast aside any expectations of a tragic outsider wallowing in victimhood. Santiago bar singer Marina Vidal, played by sensational trans actress Daniela Vega in her screen debut, is headstrong, vivacious, confident and beautiful. After her much older lover, Orlando (Francisco Reyes), dies suddenly, Marina wants to grieve just as anyone would. When met with suspicion and prejudice by authorities and Orlando's family, Marina boldly steps forward to expose the banality of intolerance and prove that she is, indeed, a fantastic woman." (Sydney Film Festival)

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2017Rating: M, Violence, offensive language & sex scenes104 minsChile, Germany, Spain, USASpanish with English subtitles
DramaWorld Cinema

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A Fantastic Woman | Awards

Award Winner
Best Foreign Language Film, Academy Awards 2018; Winner of the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury - Special Mention, the Silver Berlin Bear for Best Screenplay and the Teddy for Best Feature Film, 2017 Berlin International Film Festival

A Fantastic Woman | Reviews

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Flicks, Amanda Jane Robinson

Flicks, Amanda Jane Robinson

In this stirring portrait of grief and resilience, Daniela Vega’s poignant interiority saves a film too caught up in its exterior. Sebastián Lelio’s A Fantastic Woman features Vega as waitress and singer Marina Vidal, a trans woman left grieving after the death of her older boyfriend, Orlando (Francisco Reyes). When Orlando’s family find out about Marina, they forbid her from attending his funeral, compounding the frustration and heartache she is already so tenderly enduring.

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Variety

Variety

Chilean director Sebastián Lelio and star Daniela Vega give the growing bracket of transgender drama a new, luminous touchstone work.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

The title of Sebastián Lelio's new film might seem a bit on the nose. It's a fantastic movie. Daniela Vega, the star, is fantastic in it. Quote me in the ads, with exclamation points if you must. My work here is done.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

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.

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Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

It's a battle to maintain grace under pressure no matter the indignities that come with it.

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Stuff

Stuff

Vega smoulders, seethes, and occasionally implodes. It's a piece of work of astonishing, internalised power.

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Screen Daily

Screen Daily

Leilo displays a knack for getting under the skin of female characters who, for no fault of their own, find themselves somewhat marginalised by society.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

The most plausible element, the foundation on which the movie rests and finally soars, is Vega's magnetic and meticulously controlled performance.

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IndieWire

IndieWire

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.

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FilmInk

FilmInk

A truly remarkable and unfiltered glimpse into a world of experiences that many of us know nothing about.

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A Fantastic Woman | Release Details

A Fantastic Woman is now playing in 1 cinema in New Zealand. A Fantastic Woman is available to stream in New Zealand now on Google Play and Apple TV and Neon Rentals and AroVision.