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A Fantastic Woman
 
 

Directed by Sebastián Lelio, Chile 2017
104 mins. Spanish dialogue with English sub-titles

WINNER : BEST FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM AT 2018 OSCARS

 
Summary:
 
Marina and Orlando are in love and planning for the future. Marina is a young waitress and aspiring singer. Orlando is 30 years older than her, and owns a printing company. After celebrating Marina's birthday one evening, Orlando falls seriously ill. Marina rushes him to the emergency room, but he passes away just after arriving at the hospital. Instead of being able to mourn her lover, suddenly Marina is treated with suspicion. The doctors and Orlando's family don't trust her. A detective investigates Marina to see if she was involved in his death. Orlando's ex-wife forbids her from attending the funeral and, to make matters worse, Orlando's son threatens to throw Marina out of the flat she shared with Orlando. Marina is a trans woman and, for most of Orlando's family, her gender identity is an aberration, a perversion. So Marina struggles for the right to be herself. She battles the very same forces that she has spent a lifetime fighting just to become what she is now - a complex, strong, forthright and fantastic woman.
 
What the Critics say:
 
"An exquisite melodrama about the extremes of love and grief and familial conflict that also, when you're least expecting it, packs a hefty political wallop."  (Kevin Maher - The Times)

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