| Release Date: November 17, 2017
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GinaKMar 12, 2018
A Fantastic Woman is a wonderful film. I sat through most of it simply following the fascinating plot that involves two people in love and what happens when the married one dies suddenly. The deceased’s family would always have had problemsA Fantastic Woman is a wonderful film. I sat through most of it simply following the fascinating plot that involves two people in love and what happens when the married one dies suddenly. The deceased’s family would always have had problems accepting the infidelity, but especially in this case because the surviving lover is transgender even though she is a perfectly nice human being and next to impossible to hate. Daniela Vega is a riveting actress, but the whole cast is very strong. I was so caught up in the film that it wasn’t until the movie was over that I realized how great Vega and the rest of the actors were. Expand
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CineAutoctonoMar 22, 2018
"A Fantastic Woman" was undoubtedly a very good movie, the performance of Daniela Vega was wonderful, the vision of Sebastian Lelio has been very risky but very functional, this reflects that women have the surprise factor to be someone in"A Fantastic Woman" was undoubtedly a very good movie, the performance of Daniela Vega was wonderful, the vision of Sebastian Lelio has been very risky but very functional, this reflects that women have the surprise factor to be someone in the lifetime. Expand
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alejandro970Mar 11, 2018
Uno de los mejores ejemplos del cine latinoamericano. Una historia absorbente sobre el amor, la muerte y la tolerancia en la sociedad actual. A ver sin falta.
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brottorJan 1, 2018
This film is based on popular lgbt subject but execution and acting are perfect
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PlutarcoJan 22, 2018
Interesting movie. It proves that also great films are being made in Latin America. I hope the movies gets the Oscar, beucause it deserves it.
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JLuis_001Jan 11, 2018
Excellent chilean production that handles a relevant topic and shows it relevant, I mean it shows a current reality for its main character and although it can be considered a bit heavy to put a character that in itself is already under attackExcellent chilean production that handles a relevant topic and shows it relevant, I mean it shows a current reality for its main character and although it can be considered a bit heavy to put a character that in itself is already under attack in an environment so aggressive it can feel a bit superficial, but the work of its director and its wonderful protagonist; Daniela Vega turn this convincing drama into a movie that deserves and demands attention. Expand
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Brent_MarchantFeb 10, 2018
Even though it sometimes feels as if the director is needlessly stringing viewers along and leaves some of the narrative's story threads unresolved, this intriguing Oscar nominee from Chile delivers a fresh twist on "the other woman" genre,Even though it sometimes feels as if the director is needlessly stringing viewers along and leaves some of the narrative's story threads unresolved, this intriguing Oscar nominee from Chile delivers a fresh twist on "the other woman" genre, one that's somewhat unexpected and features previously unexplored plot devices. With a fine debut lead performance by Daniela Vega, the story captivates the further one gets into it, leaving viewers wondering how it's all going to end up. It's unfortunate that some of the aforementioned tidying up is left unattended to, though, for, if it had been, this might have been a groundbreaking cinematic release. Expand
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GreatMartinFeb 14, 2018
“A FANTASTIC WOMAN is the story of Marina, a waitress and singer, and Orlando, an older man, who are in love and planning for the future. After Orlando suddenly falls ill and dies, Marina is forced to confront his family and society, and to“A FANTASTIC WOMAN is the story of Marina, a waitress and singer, and Orlando, an older man, who are in love and planning for the future. After Orlando suddenly falls ill and dies, Marina is forced to confront his family and society, and to fight again to show them who she is: complex, strong, forthright, fantastic.” So goes the synopsis for this movie nothing mentioning that she is transgender which is the reason for/of the movie.

Sixty years ago it would have been Orlando’s mistress and twenty years ago his male lover, today it is his transgender partner. When Orlando unexpectedly dies, just like the mistress and gay lover in past years and still sometimes today, if they aren’t married, the family comes and takes away everything the couple had from the car to the apartment and even the dog. The most hurtful is not being allowed to attend the funeral or say goodbye.

The mistress, the gay lover and Marina had/have to face the indignities that all might face such as being called names, accused of murdering the lover, being abused by him or, with the latter two, being beaten up and possibly killed for being gay or transgender but Marina has the extra humiliation of having to strip for an excruciating body exam under the eyes of a female detective and a male doctor.

Maybe I have been around too long and have read too many books, seen too many films and movies where the mistress and/or gay man has been shunned or I have personally seen what happens to a gay couple when one dies and I don’t see the transgender person being any more degraded, though yes, today they are the target of hate and being misunderstood.

The director Sebastian Lelio, who also wrote the screenplay with Gonzalo Maza, doesn’t seem to involve the audience in what should be an emotionally touching story except in two scenes, with one being the strip search, which definitely shows how people can mistreat other people and the one scene that shows Marina for being the strong person she is.

Marina is played by transgender actress Daniela Vega who seems to be hindered by the director. There are certain moments when she shows vulnerability and/or strength but not enough of them. As difficult as it is for someone in that position one doesn’t feel empathy for her character. People who are new to what transgender and/or gay live through and what hostilities they face may find this movie interesting.

“A Fantastic Woman” is nominated for an Oscar as Best Foreign Film but I don’t recommend seeing it.
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hreghenFeb 26, 2018
A very superficial film that is most likely nominated for a Best Foreign Film Academy Award because of its subject matter and the fact the lead actress is trans.
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imthenoobJul 11, 2018
The movie barely pushes an hour and a half run time. If not for the filler, It wouldn't even touch an hour. Now, I don't mind some filler (and by filler I mean characters doing basic things onscreen, no dialogue is spoken, pretty much just aThe movie barely pushes an hour and a half run time. If not for the filler, It wouldn't even touch an hour. Now, I don't mind some filler (and by filler I mean characters doing basic things onscreen, no dialogue is spoken, pretty much just a soundtrack playing and that's it, Nothing of importance is going on and it's just added to pad the runtime) but this movie is easily 1/3 filler, Easily....and I freaking hate it.

It bogs down what could have been a good and well-told story. Because there's so much filler, We are given very little dialogue and very little character exploration. So it's kind of hard to care about what the main character is dealing with when we know so little and learn so little about her and her plight. And it's such a disappointment because this movie easily could have earned that high Metacritic score that is simply doesn't deserve.
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ClariseSamuelsSep 17, 2018
Tonight the Hudson Film Society of Quebec did a showing of Una Mujer Fantástica (A Fantastic Woman), which won the 2018 Oscar for Best Foreign Film (Chile). The film is a fascinating portrait of a transgender woman who had a tender, lovingTonight the Hudson Film Society of Quebec did a showing of Una Mujer Fantástica (A Fantastic Woman), which won the 2018 Oscar for Best Foreign Film (Chile). The film is a fascinating portrait of a transgender woman who had a tender, loving relationship with an older man. His death caused her a paroxysm of grief, which she was barely able to indulge, because his passing allowed his alienated family, including ex-wife and adult children, to disavow the unconventional relationship that had embarrassed the family and made them feel disgraced. Marina, a beautiful and elegant young woman who had made the transition from male to female (played by the enigmatic Daniela Vega, a real-life transgender woman), found herself in a nightmare scenario where she was evicted and without rights when the man who had protected and cherished her suddenly died of an aneurysm. In conservative Chile, his sudden death while sharing his bed with a trans woman meant she was subject to questioning from the police as well as a humiliating physical examination that was an outright violation of privacy.

Vega started her transgender transformation in Chile at the age of 17 and was trained to be an opera singer from the age of eight. Director Sebastián Lelio found Vega styling hair in Santiago while he was researching transgender individuals and their experiences. Vega stood out among the others, and Lelio wrote the script based on her complex character and a desire to answer the philosophical question, “What is a woman?” Vega carries the entire film from start to finish, and her expressive eyes and features convey a subtle array of emotions and every conceivable shade of grief, anger, fear, love, forgiveness, and fortitude. Sometimes the subtlety requires patience on the part of the viewer (silences, long pauses, terse remarks). However, it doesn’t matter how the viewer feels about the politics of sex change. By the end of this film, you will perceive only a sensitive, beautiful individual who navigates her way through sorrow and intolerance and is merely a human being, one who is as she says, “of flesh and blood.”
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katezoeMay 23, 2018
Fantastic Woman is a fantastic film! All everyone wants is to be respected for who they are. Unfortunately in our society that equal respect and treatment is not given to everyone. The acting is superb and movie is uplifting.
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LegitSaltSep 13, 2018
"A Fantastic Woman" is a character study that follows the tragic tale of Marina, a trans woman, as she faces prejudice and mistrust following the death of her significant other, who had recently been divorced from his wife. The movie attempts"A Fantastic Woman" is a character study that follows the tragic tale of Marina, a trans woman, as she faces prejudice and mistrust following the death of her significant other, who had recently been divorced from his wife. The movie attempts to capture the struggles, trials, and tribulations that people of transgender suffer due to social stigmas and misconceived bias, and I would say it does a pretty great job at this. All the while it illustrates Marina as she tries to come to terms with both herself and the death of her loved one, and attempting to integrate herself into her deceased's family. The police attempt to fault Marina for the sudden death of Mr Onetto, as not only did he die in an unusual manner, but also Marina is transgender. As she does this, she struggles to be true to herself, as she is beaten and abused for what she is, a transgender woman in modern-day Spain. The relatives of Marina's lost one despise her for taking him from them, being that Marina is biologically a male, refusing to let her into the funeral of the man she had shared a reciprocating love with. At the end of the movie, Marina finally achieves her aspirations of being a confident female pursuing a career in the Opera. Stylistically, the movie is good too, decent shot composition, and vibrant colours, although it's not much of a stand out in this category. I really appreciated the casting of a transgender woman as the leader, as I felt like it added to the authenticity of her performance. I would definitely recommend this one, although by no means is it the greatest movie of the year, as technically it could have been better. Expand
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