Ema

Ema

Ema

An adoption falls apart, and a couple must deal with the consequences, in this music-infused Chilean drama from the director of Oscar-nominated historical biopics Jackie and No.

2019Rating: R16, Sex scenes, offensive language & nudity107 minsChileSpanish with English subtitles
DramaMusicWorld Cinema
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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

The key rewards of Ema are its slinky visuals. Longtime Larrain cinematography collaborator Sergio Armstrong's camera snakes around the actors with mesmerizing grace when it's not locked in monotonous face-forward close shots.

Variety

Variety

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The film, you see, has no story at all. It’s more like a randomized series of events, and what plays out during some of them is enigmatic enough to exist in a realm between reality and metaphor.

The Guardian

The Guardian

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While I confess that I found Ema to be a notch down on his best work, it’s still hugely distinctive and daring and may well be a grower.

4.0
Time Out

Time Out

press

Larraín fills the screen with movement, his camera circling the actors as they cut loose.

4.0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

There are dense, delicious layers of poetry and physical language to sink your teeth into in Pablo Larraín’s incendiary drama Ema (his first since Jackie), in which the limits of human desire are stretched and tested.

4.0
IndieWire

IndieWire

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Mariana Di Girolamo gives an incredible breakout performance in a delirious film about a dancer trying to get back the son she gave away.

Slant Magazine

Slant Magazine

press

Ema marks a fascinating inversion of Larraín’s prior film, Jackie, which concerned the pressures of having to filter one’s all-too-real grief through performative displays of propriety.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

The key rewards of Ema are its slinky visuals. Longtime Larrain cinematography collaborator Sergio Armstrong's camera snakes around the actors with mesmerizing grace when it's not locked in monotonous face-forward close shots.

Variety

Variety

press

The film, you see, has no story at all. It’s more like a randomized series of events, and what plays out during some of them is enigmatic enough to exist in a realm between reality and metaphor.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

While I confess that I found Ema to be a notch down on his best work, it’s still hugely distinctive and daring and may well be a grower.

4.0
Time Out

Time Out

press

Larraín fills the screen with movement, his camera circling the actors as they cut loose.

4.0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

There are dense, delicious layers of poetry and physical language to sink your teeth into in Pablo Larraín’s incendiary drama Ema (his first since Jackie), in which the limits of human desire are stretched and tested.

4.0
IndieWire

IndieWire

press

Mariana Di Girolamo gives an incredible breakout performance in a delirious film about a dancer trying to get back the son she gave away.

Slant Magazine

Slant Magazine

press

Ema marks a fascinating inversion of Larraín’s prior film, Jackie, which concerned the pressures of having to filter one’s all-too-real grief through performative displays of propriety.

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