A Fantastic Woman. 2017. Chile. Directed by Sebastián Lelio. DCP. 104 min.
“Marina (Daniela Vega), the transgender heroine of A Fantastic Woman, is beautiful, enigmatic, and plunged into a precarious situation after her older, divorced boyfriend, Orlando, dies unexpectedly in her company. Marina knows she's regarded with suspicion for her youth, class, and, above all, gender status. She expects to gain little from Orlando's demise, but the viciousness of Orlando's son, the cold-heartedness of Orlando's ex-wife, and the intrusiveness of a detective from the Sexual Offenses Investigation Unit force Marina to not only clear her name, but also to demand the very thing no one seems willing to give her: respect. A Fantastic Woman is an alluring exercise in style, a smart spin on the genre, and a much-needed entry into the category of films that move trans characters from the margins to the spotlight” (Toronto International Film Festival screening notes). Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.