Award-winning director Pablo Larraín (Jackie, Neruda) delivers a bolt of electricity with dance-drama Ema, starring Gael García Bernal and breakout star Mariana Di Girolamo as highly volatile sparring partners. In Valparaíso, Chile, peroxide-blonde Ema (Di Girolamo) is a fiery and fiercely talented young dancer. Her passion lies in the reggaetón music she dances to in the streets of her portside city. She’s part of a contemporary dance ensemble overseen by her husband, demanding choreographer Gastón (Bernal). With a tragic incident leaving their relationship deeply scarred, the two lovers deal with their pain in wildly different and emotionally explosive ways.
Why You Should See This Film
There are so many reasons you should see this film. Nicolás Jaar’s pulsing electronic score. Mariana Di Girolamo’s intensely physical, no-holds-barred performance. The hypnotic, life-giving dance scenes. The acid-hued, all-enveloping cinematography. Ema is hypersaturated cinematic seduction.
- Year: 2019
- Rating: MA15+
- Director: Pablo Larraín
- Cast: Mariana Di Girolamo, Gael García Bernal
- Duration: 102 minutes
- Language: Spanish with English subtitles