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15,675 Ratings


Directed by Pablo Larraín
Chile, 2019


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.

Our take

Pablo Larraín (Jackie) returns with a dazzling, intoxicating look at sex, power, family and chaos in modern-day Chile. With an electrifying score by Nicolas Jaar, Ema is a whirlwind of no-holds-barred anarchy, anchored by searing turns from rising star Mariana Di Girolamo and Gael García Bernal.

Ema Directed by Pablo Larraín
Mariana Di Girolamo is a blinding force throughout the film, a walking, talking avatar for the flickering fire she is so often drawn to. She is brash and destructive, and suppresses a feral energy within her tough, skinny frame.
May 01, 2020
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Ema is an astonishing film. Constructed of peppery conflicts and passionate affairs, emotionally fraught speeches and tender embraces, most of them elicited by Ema herself. She glides through the film wearing an inscrutable smile, certain of herself and her plan of action.
April 30, 2020
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Following Jackie, Pablo Larraín offers another powerful examination of grief, capturing all of the confusing and fascinating layers of human relationships. Despite the heavy subject matter, it’s intoxicating.
April 20, 2020
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What are people saying?

  • Jason's rating of the film Ema

    I would be inclined to attribute a great deal of EMA's genius to its strategic inscrutability, its withholding intelligence. Others may see it—the charming lead actress included—as a film about performed kinetic emancipation, a young generation's declaration of independence. I see (and very much feel) Spirits recalled desperately to their bodies through ritualized acts within conditions of dire discoordination.

  • Nicole's rating of the film Ema

    A masterpiece. These two people make being so fucked up so effortless. Ema the character is a beautiful contradiction, and the film is quite the character study. Mysterious, a brilliant TRULY FLUID dancer. There's eye candy, reggaeton inspired dancing, dealing with the need of family and the fears, until there's no fears. On a lighter note, “a human condom” could be a positive for some people’s dating profiles.

  • xxx_duckies_xxx's rating of the film Ema

    I like that the entire thing is filmed as though it's the middle of the movie. I don't know how else to explain it. Ignore the reviewers complaining about the main character. The film interrogates Ema plenty; those reviewers are just upset the movie didn't break her. For Ema, love isn't a contract to uphold, or a promise to keep. It's a moment that surrounds her and moves her. She's a dancer, right? So why not?

  • Rômulo dos Santos Sampaio's rating of the film Ema

    Estranho e obsceno. O filme mais diferente do Pablo. Acredito que seja um filme sobre o amor, em todas as suas mais diferentes formas e condições.

  • HenriqueA's rating of the film Ema

    Hear me out, hear me out. I know the plot barely makes sense, the characters are all terrible people, Larraín is on full fetish mode and he's not even worried about hiding his plot twists. But have you seen how perfect it is even with all these "flaws"? And did you stay on the couch long enough to be absorbed by its atmosphere? Brian de Palma would be very proud.

  • Bianca's rating of the film Ema

    A visually appealing strong critic to the conservative Latin American family models / ways of life and system. Freedom within queerness and polyamorous relationship viewed portrayed by current generation. Even the conception of the film feels very collaborative. Highly recommend!

  • Vitor Gratiere Torres's rating of the film Ema

    It’s incredible the way Ema could intertwine everything she wanted at her will, and it came out as an extraordinary knot! She reminds me of “a rapariga que brincava com fogo”, and I think it describes her pretty well.

  • Aedin Walsh's rating of the film Ema

    a stunning portrayal of the new generations, the attitudes to love, physical closeness and friendship. The liberation of the body through dance. I found a unique beauty in the contradiction between the strength of love, desire for family, and sexual connection.. and the physical distance, the sparseness of dialogue, in contrast. In the film physical touch is almost always sexual, yet the body is free to take space.

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