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A Fantastic Woman (Una mujer fantástica) (2018)

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Critic Consensus: Subtle and tender, A Fantastic Woman handles its timely, sensitive subject matter with care.

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Marina and Orlando are in love and planning for the future. Marina is a young waitress and aspiring singer. Orlando is 20 years older than her, and owns a printing company. After celebrating Marina's birthday one evening, Orlando falls seriously ill. Marina rushes him to the emergency room, but he passes away just after arriving at the hospital. Instead of being able to mourn her lover, suddenly Marina is treated with suspicion. The doctors and Orlando's family don't trust her. A woman detective investigates Marina to see if she was involved in his death. Orlando's ex-wife forbids her from attending the funeral. And to make matters worse, Orlando's son threatens to throw Marina out of the flat she shared with Orlando. Marina is a trans woman and for most of Orlando's family, her sexual identity is an aberration, a perversion. So Marina struggles for the right to be herself. She battles the very same forces that she has spent a lifetime fighting just to become the woman she is now - a complex, strong, forthright and fantastic woman.

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Antonia Zegers
as Alessandra
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Critic Reviews for A Fantastic Woman (Una mujer fantástica)

All Critics (39) | Top Critics (7)

The most plausible element, the foundation on which the movie rests and finally soars, is Vega's magnetic and meticulously controlled performance.

November 16, 2017 | Full Review…

The title of Sebastián Lelio's new film might seem a bit on the nose. It's a fantastic movie. Daniela Vega, the star, is fantastic in it. Quote me in the ads, with exclamation points if you must. My work here is done.

November 15, 2017 | Full Review…

Like Lelio's breakthrough film, Gloria, A Fantastic Woman is at its most compelling as a conventional character study of an unconventional female lead.

November 14, 2017 | Rating: B | Full Review…

When she finally achieves the small recompense she seeks, it's a visceral relief. I just wish Vega and Lelio let us in a little more to see her as an individual, aside from the hostility she encounters.

November 14, 2017 | Full Review…

Chilean director Sebastián Lelio and star Daniela Vega give the growing bracket of transgender drama a new, luminous touchstone work.

October 11, 2017 | Full Review…
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The result is a rare movie about a trans person that - for better or worse - feels of its time, and not at least a half-step behind.

September 14, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

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Sebastián Lelio is becoming now one of my favorite directors, and Daniela Vega delivers a magnificent performance in this complex and enraging drama that makes us share all the suffering and humiliation that the character is put through by so many people around her.

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