When slaughterhouse workers Endre and Mária discover they share the same dreams - where they meet in a forest as deer and fall in love - they decide to make their dreams come true but it's difficult in real life.
A woman returns to her Orthodox Jewish community that shunned her for her attraction to a female childhood friend. Once back, their passions reignite as they explore the boundaries of faith and sexuality.
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
Director Sebastián Lelio gives too much attention to how his film is shot which is why A Fantastic Woman is a sight for sore eyes but an altogether boring film. A young lady finds her life turned upside down after her beau, a guy much older than her, suddenly passes away. The film takes one through her journey as she mourns his death and simultaneously tries to prevent herself from slipping into insanity. It deals with issues of feelings of loss, transsexuality, and desolation. While all that are clear except for the sexuality angle, A Fantastic Woman moves with a slow pace and indulges in itself for quite some time, giving bulbs of ennui to its restless audience. Despite that, the presentation of how the LGBT section is considered by the other groups earns some brownie points. It cannot, however, be the sole reason for me to appreciate the film. The commonplace story has shades of freshness, thanks to the Chilean setup, but the central character seems to be taking the directions from Lelio a bit too seriously. Daniela Vega puts up a wooden face through the 100 minutes of running time, making the film all the more uninteresting. The film does enough to present the tragedy of its characters, but the slow pace wreaks havoc to the whole experience. As mentioned before, it has some great photography throughout, which saved me from dozing off, but this is not an art show. Sometime in the second act, I even though there was a thrilling criminal arc in the film, courtesy the sauna parlor, but I was disappointed. With an ambient score that complements the screenplay, A Fantastic Woman can be best described as a film that has power but is just boring. TN.
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