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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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Marina Vidal
... Orlando
... Gabo
... Sonia
Nicolás Saavedra ... Bruno
... Adriana
Trinidad González ... Wanda
... Gastón
... Médico
... Alessandra
Sergio Hernández ... Profesor de Canto
Roberto Farías ... Médico SML
Cristián Chaparro ... Masajista
Diana Cassis ... Recepcionista
... Paramédico
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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.

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

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Opening Weekend USA:

$64,241, 4 February 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,020,988, 20 May 2018
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Daniela Vega's real voice is heard in the film, singing the opera pieces. She is a Mezzo-Soprano. See more »

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Profesor de Canto: Saint Francis says, Make me an instrument of your love, make me a channel of your peace.
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Sposa son disprezzata
Performed by Daniela Vega
Written by Geminiano Giacomelli
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Glorious. My favourite of the London Film Festival so far
9 October 2017 | by See all my reviews

This is really, really good.

(opens a can of wasps)I'm always struck by the sky-high ratings on IMDb for bad LGBT movies, and wonder if it's attributable to a) the comparative paucity of these films, meaning that we should celebrate those we get, regardless of their technical or artistic deficiencies (the extension, I suppose, is the tribalistic mindset this engenders, in which you can't judge them as bad films, as they're not just films); b) my lack of insight into what these films should be doing in relation to their audience and LGBT issues in 2017.(/can of wasps)

Anyway, no such ruminations necessary on this one, it's bloody brilliant: a dazzling, poetic, sometimes dream-like Chilean film about a trans woman (Daniela Vega) trying to hold it together – and reach some point of resolution – after the death of her boyfriend. I should mention that his family aren't helping.

Vega has the most fascinating face and the camera makes the most of it, not least in a dazzling nightclub sequence that moves from pain to sensuality to a fantasy dance number, but there's such depth to her characterisation too, and the film's refusal to give her easy, sassy victories is uniquely satisfying, grappling profoundly and humanely with issues that are both specific and universal.

The effect is of a Dardennes story adapted by Almodovar, but I haven't seen anyone like Vega before. I'm not sure she can really sing classical (the best use of 'Ombra mai fu' is now and forever in Humphrey Jennings' seismic short film, Spare Time, Handel fans), but the rest of the music's a treat, with British composer Matthew Herbert delivering an audial dreamscape that like the script, photography and performances serves to conjure a very particular mood.


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