VENICE, Italy (Reuters) – To the thumping beat of reggaeton, Chilean television actress Mariana Di Girolamo dances her way through Pablo Larrain’s “Ema”, her major film debut about a woman on a journey of self-discovery as her family life falls apart.
Set in the Chilean port city of Valparaiso, Di Girolama and Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal play married couple Ema and Gaston, a dancer and choreographer in an experimental dance troupe.
After their adopted son Polo is involved in a fire incident that injures Ema’s sister, the couple give the child back, a decision that heavily impacts them personally and their marriage.
A regretful Ema tries to find ways to get Polo back, while at the same time liberating herself from her domineering husband. Viewers also see her destructive side as she goes about town setting fire to traffic lights, cars and playgrounds with a flamethrower.
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