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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.

Director:

Sebastián Lelio

Writers:

Sebastián Lelio (screenplay), Gonzalo Maza (screenplay)
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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 Roberto Farías ... Médico SML
Cristián Chaparro Cristián Chaparro ... Masajista
Diana Cassis Diana Cassis ... Recepcionista
Eduardo Paxeco ... Paramédico
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

Fearless, Powerful, Ravishing.

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

The star, real transgender woman Daniela Vega, was hired as a script consultant. Even though she had no prior experience as an actress, after some time working with her, director Sebastián Lelio offered the lead role, which she accepted. See more »

Quotes

Profesor de Canto: Love isn't something you search for.
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Connections

Featured in 75th Golden Globe Awards (2018) See more »

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Written by Eric Woolfson and Alan Parsons
Performed by The Alan Parsons Project
Published by Universal Music Careers,
Woolfsongs Ltd. (P) 1980 RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
Courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment GmbH
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Vega stands out
29 March 2018 | by proud_ludditeSee all my reviews

Marina Vidal (Daniela Vega) is a transgender woman and aspiring singer in her twenties and living in Santiago, Chile. After the death of her lover, a man in his fifties with an ex-wife and an adult son, Marina is left alone in dealing with her grief and the aftermath of the death.

In addition to the burden of grief, Marina must also deal with humiliating and prejudicial situations around her transgender status. She subtly shows an attitude of "I hate having to go through this again but I can." Interestingly, her transgender status is used to her advantage in a later scene in the film.

Vega is in nearly every scene of the film and must carry it on her shoulders. She does the job superbly. She ably conveys awkwardness and vulnerability as her character attempts to maintain what is rightfully hers while being aware that many battles may not be won.

Much of the film follows Marina as she journeys through the city's urban atmosphere to numb her pain. The last quarter of the film takes a different twist that is less interesting than what precedes it. But "A Fantastic Woman" is a good film overall mainly due to the subtle skills of its lead performer. - dbamateurcritic


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Country:

Chile

Language:

Spanish | Chinese

Release Date:

2 February 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Santiago, Chile See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$64,241, 4 February 2018

Gross USA:

$2,020,988

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,702,353
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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