A Fantastic Woman

A Fantastic Woman


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Friday, March 23 -- Thursday, March 29
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Oscar Winner for Best Foreign Language Film!

“ ‘A Fantastic Woman’ is at once a straightforward story of self-assertion and defiance and a complex study of the nuances of identity. The complications extend to the title. Marina (Ms. Vega), a waitress and sometime cabaret singer who lives in Santiago, Chile, seems at first to fulfill the romantic fantasies of her lover, Orlando (Francisco Reyes). Later, her daily routines — and Mr. Lelio’s adherence to the conventions of realism — will be disrupted by moments of fantastical spectacle and surreality. And in the course of a series of ordeals that begins with Orlando’s death, many of the people Marina encounters will question whether she’s really a woman at all…

Almost as soon as Marina arrives at the hospital with Orlando — who has suffered an aneurysm in the middle of the night — she is treated less as a person than as a problem. Doctors and security officers use the masculine pronoun to refer to her, and pepper her with prying, suspicious questions. She is visited at work by a detective (Amparo Noguera) whose due diligence slides into harassment and humiliation…

Psychologically astute and socially aware as the film is, it is also infused with mystery and melodrama, with bright colors and emotional shadows. Almodóvarian and Buñuelian grace notes adorn its matter-of-fact melody, and its surface modesty camouflages an unruly, extravagant spirit. You may not realize until the very end that you have been gazing at the portrait of an artist in the throes of self-creation.” —A.O. Scott, New York Times. In Spanish with English subtitles. Rated R. 104 minutes.