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a Fantastic Woman
6 March 2019
  Rating 15

Chile/Germany/Spain/USA (2017) 104 minutes
Director: Sebastián Lelio

Chilean director Sebastián Lelio follows up his 2013 festival hit, Gloria, with another luminous and deeply involving portrait of an isolated woman. In A Fantastic Woman, Lelio has created an exquisitely compassionate portrait of the everyday obstacles of transgender existence. Marina is a young waitress and aspiring singer. Her partner, Orlando, is 20 years older and owns a printing company. When Orlando suffers a fatal aneurysm, Marina is suddenly treated with suspicion. By virtue of her gender identity she is treated like a criminal, with everyone from the doctors and Orlando’s family to the police seeing not a grieving woman, but an aberration. Marina’s defiant resistance makes for rousing, wrenching cinema.

Foreign Language Film Oscar 2018