“A Fantastic Woman” Is a Moving Examination of Posthumous Rights for LGBTQ Partners
When Marina’s partner, Orlando, dies of a sudden aneurysm, she’s forced to face a gauntlet of indignities. In A Fantastic Woman, the Chilean drama from Sebastián Lelio, Marina, a transgender woman, is met at every turn with police, doctors and Orlando’s family who have probing questions and dark assumptions. It’s an affecting examination of posthumous rights and privileges for LGBTQ partners. But it never feels like a parable fashioned from headlines. Lelio aims deeper, imbuing his film with spectral hallucinations and apparitions of rage, disfigurement and grief.