Review by Amanda Gilmore for Mr. Will Wong
Pablo Larraín’s eighth film follows married couple Ema (Mariana Di Girolamo) and Gastón (Gael García Bernal) after they return their adopted son to child services, due to him setting their house on fire with Ema’s sister inside.
As with every Larraín film, Ema is a visual feast for the eyes. This time around he examines how guilt affects a marriage as a whole and as separate individuals. When he looks into Ema and Gastón’s individual guilt is exposed how it affects a mother and father differently due to societal expectations. All of the internal conflicts of his characters are powerfully visualized through captivating Choreography and all-consuming performances.
Ema screens at Sundance on Fri, Jan. 24th at 9 PM at Sundance Resort, Tues, Jan. 28th at 5:30 PM at Egyptian Theatre, and Thurs, Jan. 20th at 11:45 PM at Park Avenue Theatre.