The casting of Daniela Vega truly makes this timely tale authentic, moving and intelligent while married to the excellent scripting by Lelio and Maza. The humiliations and trials that Marina is subjected to when her lover dies are unjust and anger inducing but so true in a society that still shuns at heart the transgender community with an unwillingness to provide empathy or understanding. Kudos.
Digital. Marina / Daniela Vega carries the same facies a whole movie, carrying the film with her, not exactly a complicity between camera and actress but rather a dependency of that one in relation to this one, that already came from "Gloria", but here oversized to the ridiculous final, only possible because cinematographic ideas the film does not present any. Social area, and that's all.
Kudos to the director for casting the amazing Daniela Vega in the leading role instead of a cisgender actor/actress (Hollywood, I'm looking at you!), can't wait to see her during this awards season! The club scene was stellar and so was the gust of wind in the street and all the visions of deceased Orlando. Marina's silences and gestures spoke volumes, what a mesmerising character.
Well, it is possible to make and extremely sleek film that is nonetheless extremely inelegant. Lelio has made a visually impressive film; I sense the influence of Kieślowski (and not just because A FANTASTIC WOMAN is a kinda trans variation on his BLUE). The real problem (considerable) is that Lelio has an embarrassingly heavy hand when it comes to symbol and metaphor. Daniela Vega provides a stoic performance.
It makes you think and examine sexuality in a very humane sense, but then it proves a point...which makes it quite dated....in a few years when the dust has settled for the issue, it will be another movie about transgenders not a good movie about a struggle
Daniela Vega is a revelation while wearing an almost constant and stoic expression of rage as an armor. The way the actress finds small expressive variations that illuminate the inner self of her character without ever violating her dignity or intimacy is a miracle. The script and direction can be surprisingly prosaic in structure and symbolism, but are also full of intelligent restraint when it matters most.
It sucks that she's treated as dirt by so many people but that in itself doesn't make her fantastic. The director, of course, seems to think otherwise, considering how he titled his stuck-up telenovela.