Cast: Mariana Di Girolamo, Gael García Bernal, Paola Giannini, Cristian Suares, Santiago Cabrera.
Run time:113 minutes
Synopsis: A couple deals with the aftermath of an adoption that goes awry as their household falls apart.
Pablo Larraín [Jackie (2016), Neruda (2016), No (2012)] returns with a dazzling, intoxicating look at sex, power, family and chaos in modern-day Chile. With a screenplay by Guillermo Calderón and Alejandro Moreno plus an electrifying score by Nicolas Jaar, Ema is a whirlwind of no-holds-barred anarchy, anchored by searing performances from rising star Mariana Di Girolamo and charismatic Gael García Bernal. The camera of cinematographer Sergio Armstrong highlights this pair throughout with a series of elegant tracking shots and immaculate compositions.
Ema is a magnetic and impulsive dancer in a reggaeton troupe. Her toxic marriage to choreographer Gastón is beyond repair, following a decision to give up on their adopted son Polo. She sets out on a mission to get Polo back, not caring who she will need to fight, seduce or destroy to make it happen.
Visually stunning, experimental, esoteric and often bewildering, Ema is set in the cultural centre of Valparaíso, which lends itself perfectly to this vibrant, neon-coloured, orgasmic tragedy.
Larraín has said that he wants his film to express a sensibility and understanding of how important the role of women is in society and the necessity of equality on every level.
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