DIRECTOR: SEBASTIAN LELIO
CHILE / 2017
SUNDAY 3:00PM / CINEMA 3
RUNNING TIME: 104 MINS
Lelio is a fine director and he handles this tragic story with tenderness and insight, and also with a firm control over the film’s superb visuals. But the lasting impression is that of Vega’s performance as Marina
Many will remember Sebastian Lelio’s previous film Gloria, one of the hits of BOFA 2013. In his latest film, Marina and Orlando are in love and planning for the future. Marina is a young waitress and aspiring singer. Orlando, a business man, is 20 years older than her. After celebrating Marina’s birthday one evening, Orlando falls ill and dies. Instead of being able to mourn her lover, suddenly Marina is treated with suspicion. Orlando’s ex-wife forbids her from attending the funeral and Olando’s son threatens to throw Marina out of her home. Marina is a trans woman and for most of Orlando’s family, her gender identity is an aberration, a perversion. So Marina struggles for the right to be herself. She battles the very same forces that she has spent a lifetime fighting just to become the woman she is now – the complex, strong, forthright and fantastic woman portrayed by Daniela Vega.