Roger EbertFull Review Very Good Suffused with fantastical elements, dreamlike sequences and hallucinatory images, "A Fantastic Woman" stars Daniela Vega, a trans actress, and her performance roots the film in a kind of intimate verisimilitude.
Rolling StoneFull Review Very Good ...Vega never makes a false move – her portrayal digs deep and leaves you shaken. A Fantastic Woman catches a human being in the challenging and exhilarating process of inventing herself. The result is unique and unforgettable.
Slant MagazineFull Review Average The film is superficial when it means to be elliptical and regressive in its attempts to promote tolerance, Lelio's film is beautiful but vacant, the type of melodrama that reminds us that they shouldn't always make them like they used to.
Note: The rating
above is our interpretation of what the critic would give this movie based on
their review. We are not affiliated with these critic's in any way.
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
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
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,