A Fantastic Woman


Review: A Chilean drama in which a transgender woman works as a waitress and moonlights as a nightclub singer, is bowled over by the death of her older boyfriend Orlando.
Director: Sebastian Lelio
Actors: Daniela Vega, Francisco Reyes, Luis Gnecco, Aline Kuppenheim, Amparo Noguera, Nestor Cantillana, Alejandro Goic, Antonia Zegers and Eduardo Paxeco
Year: 2017
Genre: Art House, International and Drama
Conclusion: 4/5
The original title for this film is Una mujer fantastica. This is from the same director who directed Disobedience (2017). I could say that this has several sections to the film. For instance, at the beginning it plays out like a classical romance and then turns into a murder mystery. There is also a musical sequence at one point. It is a very hard film to describe as it has so many different elements to it. I was particularly impressed with Daniela Vega as it can’t have been an easy role for her to portray, plus she was in every scene. The script was written very sincerely and thoughtfully. A lot of care has gone into it all including the great cinematic beauty. I enjoyed the musical score. This has got themes in such as love and loss. After watching this it has really made me think about the various topics in the film. At the Academy Awards in 2018 this won one award for Best Foreign Language Film of the Year. 


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