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A Fantastic Woman (2017)

Una Mujer Fantástica (original title)
R | | Drama | 2 February 2018 (USA)
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Marina, a transgender woman who works as a waitress and moonlights as a nightclub singer, is bowled over by the death of her older boyfriend.


Sebastián Lelio


Sebastián Lelio (screenplay), Gonzalo Maza (screenplay)
Won 1 Oscar. Another 30 wins & 40 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniela Vega ... Marina Vidal
Francisco Reyes ... Orlando
Luis Gnecco ... Gabo
Aline Küppenheim ... Sonia
Nicolás Saavedra Nicolás Saavedra ... Bruno
Amparo Noguera ... Adriana
Trinidad González ... Wanda
Néstor Cantillana ... Gastón
Alejandro Goic ... Médico
Antonia Zegers ... Alessandra
Sergio Hernández ... Profesor de Canto
Roberto Farías ... Médico SML
Cristián Chaparro Cristián Chaparro ... Masajista
Diana Cassis Diana Cassis ... Recepcionista
Eduardo Paxeco ... Paramédico


Somewhere in Santiago at a dimly-lit nightclub, Orlando, the kindly and well-off owner of a textile company, locks eyes with Marina, a hopeful singer and the roughly half-his-age love of his life. But, unfortunately, after Marina's birthday celebration and a night of passion, Orlando falls gravely ill--and by the following morning--he dies in hospital. In the wake of her companion's untimely death, Marina will soon realise that, from now on, everything is brought into question: her involvement in Orlando's death, their unconventional relationship; and above all, her right to mourn her beloved deceased. In the end, what was Marina's crime; a deed so hideous that would rob a fantastic woman of her respect, her dignity, and ultimately, her identity? Written by Nick Riganas

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Fearless, Powerful, Ravishing.



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, sexual content, nudity and a disturbing assault | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Official submission of Chile for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 90th Academy Awards in 2018. See more »


Profesor de Canto: Saint Francis says, Make me an instrument of your love, make me a channel of your peace.
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Featured in 75th Golden Globe Awards (2018) See more »


Puedo Confiar en el Señor
Performed by Francisca Espinosa & Belen San Martin
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Strong plea for tolerance and understanding
12 March 2018 | by rubenmSee all my reviews

I had expected 'The Square' to win the foreign language Oscar, and I had hoped 'On Body and Soul' would take home the award. I was wrong. Instead of the urgency of the former or the poetry of the latter, the jury chose the delicacy of 'Una Mujer Fantástica'.

Probably, the choice has been as much inspired by the subject of the film as by the cinematographic quality of it. 'Una Mujer Fantástica' is a plea for mutual understanding, tolerance and kindness. And at the same time a condemnation of bigotry, prejudice and brutality. It can't be seen without having to think about the wave of intolerance against all kinds of minorities currently sweeping western societies.

The fantastic woman who has given the film its title, is Marina Vidal, a woman in her twenties who is dating a businessman about twice her age. In spite of the age difference, they seem to be happy with each other. But it's not so much the age difference that is remarkable. Marina is a woman who has been a man before.

In the first part of the film, this is not an issue at all. It's only after her lover suddenly dies, that Marina's gender becomes something peculiar. The medical staff, the police and, above all, her lover's relatives treat her with utmost distrust and suspicion. They won't even let her grieve, or attend the funeral.

The film shows how Marina suffers from the way she is treated, and how she refuses to give in. She remains her proud self, and in the end gets what she wants: a decent goodbye to her deceased lover. The film doesn't fall into the trap of making the whole thing too sentimental. The director registers the events, with a certain amount of compassion, but without making a tearjerker of it.

This is not a groundbreaking movie. But 'Una Mujer Fantástica' is without any doubt a well-written, well-directed and well-acted drama, with an underlying message that's hard not to agree with.

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Spanish | Chinese

Release Date:

2 February 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Santiago, Chile See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$64,241, 4 February 2018

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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