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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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Sebastián Lelio

Writers:

Sebastián Lelio (screenplay), Gonzalo Maza (screenplay)
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Cast

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 Trinidad González ... Wanda
Néstor Cantillana ... Gastón
Alejandro Goic ... Médico
Antonia Zegers ... Alessandra
Sergio Hernández 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.

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

Chile | Germany | Spain | USA

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

2 February 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Fantastic Woman See more »

Filming Locations:

Santiago, Chile See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$64,241, 4 February 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,020,988, 20 May 2018
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Daniela Vega became the first openly transgender person to ever present at the Oscars when she introduced Sufjan Stevens's performance of "Mystery of Love" from Call Me by Your Name (2017) (Dolby Theatre Los Angeles / 4 March 2018). 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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Written by Eric Woolfson and Alan Parsons
Performed by The Alan Parsons Project
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MAMI Film Fest Review. A Fantastic Woman.
19 October 2017 | by namashi_1See all my reviews

A Fantastic Woman (Spanish: Una mujer fantástica), is a Tour-De-Force in all senses. Firstly, Daniela Vega (a proud trans woman herself) delivers the most moving performance of the year. Secondly, Writer-Director Sebastián Lelio makes a harrowing, arresting film about the difference between being 'human' & 'inhuman'. This Chilean Drama is a pure spell-binder!

'A Fantastic Woman' Synopsis: Marina (Daniela Vega), a waitress who moonlights as a nightclub singer, faces discrimination & humiliation by the family of her boyfriend, after he unexpectedly dies.

The Trans Community is a big part of our Community & they deserve equal respect & opportunity in our society. SADLY, however, not everyone in this World has the sensitivity or the heart to accept one has they are or who they choose to be. And 'A Fantastic Woman' is a tale of this harrowing & despicable act of others inflicted on a Trans Woman, who faces discrimination & is called the most deplorable things, just for being who she is. Its NOT an easy watch, because its literally what it is & how this needs to stop, no matter who you are.

Sebastián Lelio is a talented & brave man, who's intelligent enough to deliver a thought- provoking film, but never forgets to also make it a compelling drama. While we all know where the film is headed, its always engaging to see Marina battle her life with such courage. She isn't a weak woman, she's a brave soul, who faces the discrimination & never forgets her rights as a human being. Lelio & Gonzalo Maza's Screenplay is brilliant, no two options on that! Engrossing, Disturbing & Challenging, the Writing is top-notch at all times & delvers a strong, strong impact! Lelio's Direction is superb. He's handled this dramatic film with force. Benjamín Echazarreta's Cinematography is perfect. Soledad Salfate's Editing is crisp. Art & Costume Design are good.

Performance-Wise: Daniela Vega is truly remarkable as Marina. And I really hope she creates history by winning many accolades around the world for her stupendous performance her, opening a gate for the Trans community in film & beyond. Vega is affecting & courageous all through. There isn't a single false note in her portrayal. Undoubtedly, among the best performances of the year! Of the supporting cast, Francisco Reyes Morandé is wonderful in a cameo & Aline Küppenheim is first-rate.

On the whole, 'A Fantastic Woman' is indeed, FANTASTIC. Don't Miss It For The World.


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