Cine Expat: Ema

Regie: Pablo Larrain, Chili, 102 MIN, Spaans, 12+

Cast: Gael García Bernal, Mariana Di Girolamo

vandaag ma 6 jul

Ema, the new film by director Pablo Larraín (Jackie) is an explosive, stylish and daring portrait of a dancer doing everything in her power to be reunited with her son.

The young Ema (Mariana di Girolama) dances in the experimental dance company run by her husband, choreographer Gastón (Gael Garcia Bernal). After a shocking turn of events, the couple decide to give up their 7-year-old adoptive son, Polo. In the aftermath, their marriage is severely tested, while Ema plots to get her son back. Equipped with a flamethrower, and with the help of her friends, she labors day and night to save her family. Guilt, love, hope and longing come together in this audiovisual spectacle that that is sure to stay with the viewer for a long time.

Musician Nicolas Jaar composed Ema’s pumping ambient reggaeton soundtrack, making the film a spectacle for the eye and ear. Chilean Pablo Larraín became known to the general public through his film Jackie (starring Natalie Portman), which was nominated for 3 Oscars. Larraín also directed a trilogy (Tony Manero, Post Mortem en No) about the Pinochet regime, as well as the acclaimed biopic Neruda, a biopic about the eponymous poet.