classified 15 S

Films That Love the Cinema


Please note: This was screened in Sept 2020

Pablo Larraín
Mariana Di Girolamo, Gael García Bernal, Santiago Cabrera
107 mins, Subtitled, 2019, Chile
Primary language

Visionary director Pablo Larraín (Jackie) returns with a dazzling, intoxicating look at sex, power, family and chaos in modern-day Chile.

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 child Polo. She sets out on a mission to get him back, not caring who she’ll need to fight, seduce or destroy to make it happen.

With an electrifying score by Nicolas Jaar and a reggaeton tracklist plucked straight from the streets of Valparaíso, Ema is a whirlwind of no-holds-barred anarchy, anchored by searing turns from rising star Mariana Di Girolamo and Gael García Bernal.