Film Screening: "A Fantastic Woman"

Mar. 26, 2019
6:00 pm
Hostetter Lecture Room (209), Stratton Hall

On Tuesday, March 26, 2019, the second of three films of the Hispanic Film Series for the spring 2019 semester will be presented by Alexander Torres, visiting assistant professor of Spanish. The 2017 Oscar-nominated film A Fantastic Woman (Una mujer fantástica) will show at 6:00 p.m. in Stratton 209. All are welcome!


About Una mujer fantástica: "Sebastián Lelio's Oscar-nominated film A Fantastic Woman is a sublime study in the exalted ordeal of grief. It is also as gripping as any procedural crime thriller, and cops and police doctors do play a role. I went into a kind of alert trance watching this – in tandem with the heroine's own weightless alienation and shock. When the screen went dark prior to running the final credits, I assumed for an instant that some small initial section had come to a close. In fact, an hour and three quarters had gone by.
[ . . . ]
"Marina is in a very happy relationship with an older cis man: Orlando (Francisco Reyes) is a handsome, silver-haired, divorced guy in his 50s with a grown-up son. In the middle of the night, after a sumptuous and indulgent romantic meal, Orlando wakes up next to Marina, feeling desperately ill and disoriented. Poor panicky Marina prepares to drive him to hospital but leaves him alone outside on the landing of his apartment building while she flusters about getting her things. He dazedly staggers forward and falls down the stairwell, fatally worsening the situation while sustaining bruises that mean the police need to get involved.

"Lelio shows how this grim event brings all the conformism and cruelty of society into vivid focus. It was there all along of course, but it didn't matter as long as her relationship with Orlando protected her. At a single stroke, Marina's whole existence is pathologised and criminalized. She has no rights as Orlando's girlfriend; she must vacate his flat and isn't welcome at the funeral. His ex-wife and son do not conceal their hostility, and she suffers threats and assault from a brutish family member. Officials insist on calling her 'Daniel' and the police think that Orlando got his wounds from Marina, but scrupulously take into account the possibility that she may have been defending herself -- like many another trans woman being abused -- so she has to report for a medical examination, in an excruciatingly ambiguous state of victim or assailant. Her existence is on trial."

Source: The Guardian (UK)

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