A Fantastic Woman is a touching and a harrowing film from the award-winning director Sebastián Lelio and has the lead actress Daniela Vega been praised for her acting, but she is a transgender like the main character the plays. The film was nominated for a Golden Globe as the best foreign film and is nominated for a Oscar as well in the same category.
The film tells of Marina, who is in a loving relationship with older partner Orlando who unexpectedly dies. Marina, who is transgender, faces discrimination and hostility from both Orlando’s family and government officials while also contending with her devastating grief.
A timeless trans tale that stands alongside Almodóvar.
– Ryan Gilbey, The Guardian
Exquisitely compassionate portrait of a trans woman whose mourning for a lost lover is obstructed at every turn by individual and institutional prejudice.
– Guy Lodge, Variety
A Fantastic Woman is at once a straightforward story of self-assertion and defiance and a complex study of the nuances of identity.
– A.O. Scott, The NY Times