I was invited last weekend to watch the new Sebastián Lelio movie, A Fantastic Woman at Cinema Paradiso.
First, I want to acknowledge the fact that Cinema Paradiso is a beautiful cinema and has been very well renovated. I haven't been back there in 14 years and I was pleased to see how clean and warm the place is still being kept.
A Fantastic Woman follows Marina (Daniela Vega), a transgender woman who just wants the right to grieve for her deceased lover. On the night of Marina's birthday, Orlando (Francisco Reyes) starts feeling unwell and later dies in hospital. Marina is left to deal with his family's refusal to acknowledge their love and the place Marina had in Orlando's life. Their age difference and the gender status of Marina makes the police and the family question the death of Orlando and leads to emotional abuse.
This film explores a very difficult subject matter, but the way Sebastián Lelio films this story is simply beautiful. The movie is strong and respectful and gave me an insight into the life of a transgender person.
The actors were brilliant and their emotions were transmitted with just the right touch. Daniela Vega (Marina) is stunning and also delights us with her amazing lyrical voice through the movie.
I highly recommend this film which is a contender for this year's Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
A Fantastic Woman starts 22nd of February 2018 at Cinema Paradiso and Luna On SX.