A Fantastic Woman

darker than the ocean, deeper than the sea—the boundless limits of human cruelty

i’d almost agree with criticisms against the physical ghost of orlando if the movie & marina’s life wasn’t so complicated by bodies and physical forms. her catharsis is driven by her need to see orlando, to say goodbye to him, a human right she’s consistently, heartlessly denied. her closure does not come from praying to, crying at the feet of an ambiguous coffin—it’s from seeing Orlando in his final moments as a body. marina dances, she punches, she runs, she mounts and jumps on a car. she’s questioned, she’s investigated, she’s tormented, she’s forced to undergo examination... and in the end she stands center on a stage. bodies, and our perceptions of them, matter—whether we like it or not. 


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