Rent A Fantastic Woman (2017)

3.7 of 5 from 466 ratings
1h 40min
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Synopsis:
Marina Vidal's life is thrown into turmoil following the sudden death of her partner, Orlando. Met with suspicion from the police and contempt from her lover's relatives. As tensions rise between her and Orland's family, she is evicted from their shared home and banned from attending his funeral. But faced with the threat of losing everything, Marina finds the strength to fight back. Sebastián Lelio returns with a groundbreaking, deeply humane and Oscar-winning story about a trans woman's fight for acceptance. Anchored by a powerhouse performance from rising star Daniela Vega, 'A Fantastic Woman' is an urgent call for compassion.
Actors:
Daniela Vega, , , , Nicolás Saavedra, , , , , , , , , Diana Cassis, , , Felipe Zambrano, , Loreto Leonvendagar,
Directors:
Writers:
Sebastián Lelio, Gonzalo Maza
Aka:
Una mujer fantástica
Studio:
Curzon / Artificial Eye
Genres:
Drama, Lesbian & Gay
Countries:
Chile, Top 100 Films, Drama, Lesbian & Gay
Awards:

2018 Oscar Best Foreign Film

2017 Berlinale Silver Bear For Best Script

2017 Berlinale Teddy Award

BBFC:
Release Date:
21/05/2018
Run Time:
100 minutes
Languages:
Spanish
Subtitles:
English, English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.35:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Making of featurette
BBFC:
Release Date:
21/05/2018
Run Time:
104 minutes
Languages:
Spanish DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, Spanish LPCM Stereo
Subtitles:
English, English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.35:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Making of featurette

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Reviews (6) of A Fantastic Woman

Trite and and certainly not fantastic - A Fantastic Woman review by JB

Spoiler Alert
03/07/2018

A film much vaunted by critics and the award ceremonies, but having watched it I'm struggling to understand why. Marina's story of discrimination and ostracisation in the face of a society that struggles to deal with her gender identity is worthy enough in terms of where its sympathies lie and what it's trying to critique, but there's so little real depth here. So being a transgender woman draws a great deal of prejudice and intolerance from other people - it's hardly an earth shattering revelation. The central performance is also rather wooden and unconvincing. It's hard to really sympathise with Marina, because she never comes across as a real, three dimensional person - instead she simply seems to be a rather crude mechanism through which to deliver laudable but simplistic messages.

A missed opportunity which I suspect gleaned so many awards and positive reviews because of its 'brave' subject matter and admirably liberal intentions - sadly these things are not enough to make it a good film. Perhaps in a world obsessed with virtue signalling most critics felt duty-bound to tell everyone else how great they thought it was!

5 out of 6 members found this review helpful.

Hard to categorise but worth a watch. - A Fantastic Woman review by Other Worlds

Spoiler Alert
14/08/2018

I have to say I enjoyed the movie ( I do hesitate to say this because its a movie that witnesses a a family reeling from the unexpected death of a loved one and whats to enjoy about that ? ) but it is a reminder that movies can be about anything the film makers want and if they do it well then that movie will likely find an audience. This movie is done well and if you make/watch movies then that's not a bad lesson to learn.

The fact that the main subject of the movie is trans does seem to have occupied an enormous amount of attention in the reviews - I don't know why really I never felt it was that important. It provides a useful plot device that makes it easy for the family to exhibit anger, fear and denial ( all stages in grief , which as I have said is what the movie is really all about ) but the film maker could just as easily have chosen some other hook to snag societal intolerance upon ( a more conventional gay relationship perhaps or a mixed race or religion relationship, age , financial status etc ) and the movie could have proceeded on broadly identical lines. It certainly got the movie attention and if you are trying to sell a movie there is nothing wrong with that.

If you are looking for a movie 'about the trans experience' though I have to say I think you are missing the point.

Had a decent soundtrack too , special thanks to re-introducing me to 'Time' by The Alan Parsons Project - a song we don't hear often enough :-)

3 out of 3 members found this review helpful.

Good in parts, but ultimately unsatisfying - A Fantastic Woman review by JR

Spoiler Alert
18/08/2018

Marina is a bit of a cypher - she seldom shows much emotion and has a rather expressionless face. Her deceased lover's family are almost pantomime villains; vicious and deranged with hatred simply because she is trans gender. She is also subjected to terrible indignities by the police but never thinks of getting legal help. From the title sequence I felt the film was going to be a cracker, especially with the use of the beautiful 'Time like a river' by the Alan Parsons Project which was moving and evocative. But the film started to drag a little with some unnecessary fantasy sequences, and by the end I hadn't learned much more about Marina despite watching her for an hour and a half.

2 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

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