After watching the trailer you would expect Ema to be a film with very
little story and plenty of music and dancing. However the truth is a little
different as it’s actually a well-crafted family drama that’s interspersed
with some visually stunning dance routines and a pulsating soundtrack.
Directed by Pablo Larrain (Jackie, Neruda) and set in Chile the Ema
(Mariana Di Girolamo) of the title turns out to be a young female dancer
who is part of a reggaeton dance troupe.
Involved in a toxic marriage with the dance troupes older choreographer
Gaston (Gael García Bernal), and after making a rash decision to send their
adopted child Polo back into the hands of the state after he badly burns
her sister, Ema turns to using her sexuality and charm in order to win him
Larrain’s film is a hot bed of sex and deceit that’s filled with some
fascinating characters, great performances and stunning visuals. New comer
Di Girolamo is fantastic in the lead role and pretty much carries the film
on her own.