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

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A couple deals with the aftermath of an adoption that goes awry.

Cast & Crew

Mariana Di Girólamo
Ema
Gael García Bernal
Gastón
Josefina Fiebelkorn
Perla
Giannina Fruttero
Sonia
Paula Hofmann
Laura
Pablo Larraín
Director
Guillermo Calderón
Screenwriter
Pablo Larraín
Screenwriter
Juan de Dios Larraín
Producer
Sergio Armstrong
Cinematographer
Nicolas Jaar
Original Music
Felipe Criado
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  • ...likely to be among my favorites of the year.

    September 26, 2020 | Full Review…
  • This is, among other things, a vivid musical. So what if the story ultimately stretches credibility? Larrain is not bothered about social realism; his film is more like one of the heroine's balls of flame, hurtling towards our comfort zones.

    July 31, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Director Pablo Larrain's jugglery of colors, music, dance and visuals overtakes the emotional undercurrents of the story. But I would urge you to stay with the film...

    May 8, 2020 | Full Review…
  • It is worth persevering, because there is something in there. I'm just not entirely sure what it is...and it is an aftermath film, it takes until the last 15 or 20 minutes to pick up the pieces...

    May 4, 2020 | Full Review…
  • [A] heady plunge into sweat-drenched melodrama and a stingingly malicious failing relationship.

    May 3, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Ema puts out many contradictory things out there, but my biggest takeaway is something quite simple: love can heal even the deepest wounds. And that sometimes, you can burn the dislike, and hatred, off.

    May 1, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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