A Fantastic Woman (2017)

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Director: Sebastián Lelio
Cast: Daniela Vega, Francisco Reyes, Luis Gnecco

Synopsis

A transiting male singer and restaurant server loses her lover to a night of passion and must suddenly contend with the hostility of his family and the callous treatment of officialdom. Gradually she gathers her resources and cries out in revolt.

The Review

A superb piece of cinema, of which Almódovar would be proud. Set in Santiago, you can sense the dynamics of a city which, while embracing democracy, is still systemically and socially shot through with the reactionary attitudes of its past. The mise en scène is leisurely and sensuous; the central performance, very much a self-exposure, is stunning.