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      R Now Playing 1 hr. 42 min. Drama TRAILER for Ema: Trailer 1 List
      87% 148 Reviews Tomatometer 64% 50+ Ratings Audience Score After a shocking incident upends her family life and marriage to a tempestuous choreographer, Ema, a reggaeton dancer, sets out on an odyssey of personal liberation, in this incendiary drama about art, desire, and the modern family from director Pablo Larraín (Jackie, Neruda). Read More Read Less Now in Theaters Now Playing Buy Tickets

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      Critics Consensus

      Beautifully filmed and powerfully acted, Ema puts a thoroughly distinctive spin on its story of emotional trauma and self-discovery.

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      Alejandro C Boring and without substance. A piece that looks more like the pretentious work of a talentless film student than that of a real artist. The cinematography is not enough to avoid yawning in the face of a dull and meaningless story. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 02/20/24 Full Review Rosana B Não gosto muito de musicais e dancinhas, talvez tenha servido para quebrar o clima pesado da trama, um casal desajustado adotando uma criança problemática complexo, entretanto uma das poucas sensatas é a assistência social quando cospe verdades na cara do casal, como alguém devolve uma criança adotada gente, que pecado, que irresponsáveis… Para tudo naquele final, como assim, precisei de um tempo p digerir as informações, fiquei confusa sobre quem queimou a irmã realmente… P-E-R-F-E-I-T-O... Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 09/27/22 Full Review isla s This is very much an arty film, with some scenes seemingly depicting what looks like a choreographed dance exhibit. Indeed both dance and colour play an important role in this film. I felt there's certainly a fair amount of symbology present in what we see, in terms of aspects of the performances or 'moving exhibits' during the film. Plus, in the background there's some mystical/ethereal music playing, certainly at the start of the film anyway. It was fairly clear from near the start that the film was starting towards the end of the plot. There is a definite sense of mystery present and it made me think, plot-wise, of the film 'We Need To Talk About Kevin' - it would be hard not to feel sorry for the mother, to one extent or another. Some of the script was quite good - it's fairly thought-provoking, clearly depicting an understandably strained relationship. Its got quite an urban setting, although the characters are mostly shown with few people surrounding them, so there is a sense of isolation present too. The characters are somewhat soft-spoken but then it is a Spanish film, so that shouldn't affect you if you rely on reading the subtitles anyway. I thought it was quite atmospheric/absorbing, without feeling too pretentious or over the top and so I'd definitely recommend it, yes, although it does feature strong language and some sex scenes, in case that might offend you. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review clinton b A surreal look into a woman's destructive path to control, manipulate, and con her way into the lives of people she can control through emotion and sex to reunite with her previously abandoned adopted son. Yes, you can say that's an insane plot. Beautifully shot with it's spinning and colorful images, and beautifully acted. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member Although intentionally disjointed and sexualized, there seemed to be visceral power to this film. The message seemed to be a challenge to virtually everything. The fire motif was intrusive but perhaps purposefully so. I won't soon forget the challenges this film issued. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/22/23 Full Review wayne m Ema is a bold, brazen, sensual film but one that I found rather empty and unsatisfying. Pablo Larrain always makes interesting films and this one is no different. But I felt the structure was haphazard and the story a bit messy. Ema is a ancer in Chile. She becomes partners with her older head of the dance company. They can't have children so they adopt a boy, Polo, from the orphanage. When the film begins they hand the boy back as he is too much to handle. He is a pyromaniac and has damaged Ema's sister. The rest of the film is about Ema feeling guilty and the destruction of the relationship between Ema and Gaston. It's incredibly colourful and the dancing is dazzling, but I never really cared much for the characters. Having said that Mariana di Girolamo is superb in the tilte role and the great Gael Garcia Bernal is always a terrific watch. An ambitious film but one I found hard to connect with. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Max Maller Chicago Reader ...if there is a submerged morality at play, the 102-minute film is much more palpably a sweaty, sexy, neon-bathed scorcher... Aug 24, 2021 Full Review Jenny Nulf Austin Chronicle Aggressively fierce, Di Girolamo is a showstopper, one step away from burning up the banal, gray world that surrounds her. Rated: 4/5 Aug 19, 2021 Full Review Michael O'Sullivan Washington Post Di Girólamo delivers a performance that is, like the combustible fuel inside the tank strapped to her back here and there throughout the film, intense, hot, destructive - and hard to look away from. Rated: 2.5/4 Aug 19, 2021 Full Review Dave Giannini InSession Film This is a cliché. at this point, but Ema does really feel more like an experience, or a piece of performance art, as opposed to a standard narrative film. Feb 23, 2024 Full Review Erick Estrada Cinegarage A portrait of a woman that's out of touch with reality, who isn't asking for freedoms but taking them, yet she's taking them from within a bubble that's unrealistic, crazy, misplaced, psychopathic, and so selfish... [Full review in Spanish] Jul 11, 2023 Full Review Rhys Handley Vague Visages Ema is a challenge to the walls we build around ourselves, to the baggage we leave behind for our children and the folly of the damage we can do to each other. Jun 5, 2023 Full Review Read all reviews

      Movie Info

      Synopsis After a shocking incident upends her family life and marriage to a tempestuous choreographer, Ema, a reggaeton dancer, sets out on an odyssey of personal liberation, in this incendiary drama about art, desire, and the modern family from director Pablo Larraín (Jackie, Neruda).
      Pablo Larraín
      Executive Producer
      Mariane Hartard, Rocío Jadue, Andrea Undurraga
      Guillermo Calderón, Pablo Larraín, Alejandro Moreno
      Music Box Films
      Production Co
      R (Nudity|Language|Strong Sexual Content)
      Original Language
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Aug 13, 2021, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Sep 14, 2021
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      Aspect Ratio
      Scope (2.35:1)
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