A Fantastic Woman


2018 (UK), Drama, 1h 44m

Starring: Daniela Vega, Francisco Reyes, Luis Gnecco, Aline Kuppenheim & Trinidad Gonzalez

Transgender woman Marina’s life is thrown into turmoil following the death of her partner. Mourning the loss of the man she loved, she finds herself under intense scrutiny from those with no regard for her privacy.

I need to put my hand up and admit that this is the first ever foreign film I’ve ever watched, it’s just never appealed to me to sit and watch subtitles for two hours – but this movie has changed my mind, and I will (hopefully) watch more in the future.

This is an unsurprisingly upsetting watch at times, but it’s made compelling by Vega’s dignified, heartfelt performance.

Sexuality and gender identity issues are front and centre in this impressive, heartfelt film with themes of dignity, bigotry and loss.

My main groans are that in the last act the movie turns a bit daft, there are numerous scenes which are trying to be artsy and a terribly out of place musical number which just feels out of place in a film otherwise grounded in reality.


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