LFF ’19: Pablo Larraín’s ‘Ema’ Is a Hypnotic Cocktail of Sex, Dance, and Family Drama

Every once in a while, you’ll come across a film burning so brightly it threatens to melt the celluloid. Well, Pablo Larraín’s Ema is a film which radiates with that sort of creative intensity. The Chilean auteur’s radical, exhilarating exploration of a desperate young mother on the edge is singed with flame from start to finish: Ema is burning up inside as she manipulates countless lovers into a hurricane of emotional violence, all in-between sessions of reggaeton dancing and literally setting the city ablaze with a flamethrower. Wild as that may all sound, Larraín’s newest film emerges as an emotionally honest, resonant work about a woman who is determined to forge her own path.

Continue reading “LFF ’19: Pablo Larraín’s ‘Ema’ Is a Hypnotic Cocktail of Sex, Dance, and Family Drama”
Advertisements

LFF ’19: ‘Babyteeth’ Is a Poignant Subversion of Cancer Drama Stereotypes

There’s few things more unfair than cancer.

It’s a particularly cruel demon, a greedy and indiscriminate condition that cuts lives too short and too harshly. Perhaps cancer’s worst sin is its tendency to provide hope that it quickly snatches away; the cycles of remission cut every bit as deeply as the initial blow, if not even more violently. This is the tragic reality for many of those with cancer and their families. The long process of your own body turning against you prepares you for your end, but are you ever really prepared?

Continue reading “LFF ’19: ‘Babyteeth’ Is a Poignant Subversion of Cancer Drama Stereotypes”