A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Tale of love and grief fully celebrates resilience, triumph over adversity, and individual dignity.
Positive Role Models
Central character is, by turns, vulnerable and strong, despairing and proactive, self-effacing and proud. "Marina" is a unique individual, a memorable and sympathetic portrait of multifaceted transsexual woman. Featured characters are either sympathetic, uncomfortable, bigoted, or cruel.
Violence & Scariness
A fall down stairs. A woman is menaced and physically assaulted/degraded by a carload of raging villains.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sexual identity is at the core of this film. Both romantic scenes of passion (kissing, embracing, undressing), and scenes of sexual intimidation and ridicule. Partial nudity in multiple sequences, during some of which a transsexual woman is humiliated. Implied oral sex in a dance club.
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Swearing and slurs throughout: "f--k," "s--t," "f--got," "a--hole."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Alcohol in social settings; marijuana, vaping.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that A Fantastic Woman, a Chilean drama with English subtitles, is about a transsexual woman in the aftermath of the death of her lover, a prosperous and charming businessman. The film, which stars a transgender woman in the title role, won multiple international awards, including the 2018 Academy Award for Best Foreign-Language Film. The leading character's sexual identity puts her both under scrutiny and under siege as she negotiates her loss. Romantic sequences show passionate kissing, undressing, and the beginnings of lovemaking with some nudity. In other scenes, the heroine and her partially nude body are subjected to sexual ridicule and intimidation. One scene implies oral sex. Language is harsh ("f--k," "s--t," "a--hole") and includes offensive slurs directed at the lead (i.e., "f--got"). An unsettling violent act occurs when the heroine is threatened and brutally assaulted by a group of men. Drinking and marijuana smoking and vaping are shown. With its mature themes and fearless portrayal of a transgender woman, this is a film suitable only for older teens and up. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Sexuality and gender identity issues are front and center in this impressive, heartfelt film, blending seamlessly with the universal themes of dignity, bigotry, and loss. Daniela Vega's performance is unforgettable. She's on-screen for almost every moment of A Fantastic Woman, a window into the heart and mind of a complex woman who has been drawn with empathy and respect. Other characters are often less nuanced, but given the smoldering situation, those excesses can be forgiven. Director Sebastien Lelio, whose award-winning film Gloria (2013) is about an equally extraordinary woman, and who co-wrote the script, has made an intense and intimate film, appropriate only for older teens.
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