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A couple deals with the aftermath of an adoption that goes awry as their household falls apart.


Pablo Larraín
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mariana Di Girólamo ... Ema (as Mariana Di Girolamo)
Gael García Bernal ... Gastón
Santiago Cabrera ... Aníbal
Paola Giannini Paola Giannini ... Raquel
Cristián Suárez Cristián Suárez ... Polo
Giannina Fruttero ... Sonia
Josefina Fiebelkorn Josefina Fiebelkorn ... Perla
Mariana Loyola ... Sara
Catalina Saavedra ... Marcela
Paula Luchsinger ... María
Paula Hofmann Paula Hofmann ... Laura
Antonia Giesen ... Renata
Susana Hidalgo Susana Hidalgo ... Paulina
Eduardo Paxeco ... Carlos
Natalia Bakulic Natalia Bakulic ... Lisa


Ema, a young dancer, decides to separate from Gastón after giving back Polo, the son they both adopted and were unable to raise. In a desperate search through the streets of the port city of Valparaíso, Ema seeks love affairs in order to overcome her guilt. However, she has a secret plan to recover everything she's lost. Written by AnonymusB

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Drama | Music | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexual content, nudity and language | See all certifications »

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This is the third film directed by Pablo Larraín in which Gael García Bernal has starred. See more »


Ema: I'm going to horrify you.
Aníbal: Horrify me?
Ema: When you know what I'm doing, and why. You will be horrified.
Aníbal: Why wait? Scare me now.
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Perra del Futuro
Written by Valeria Carla Ingrid Suárez, Bruno Garcia, Joaquin Ulises Lozano and Aníbal Gonzalez
Performed by Tomasa del Real
Published by National Records
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You write an end to a story
1 June 2020 | by shibollethSee all my reviews

I heard a good thing today which says when you write an end to a story, you do it after deciding when it's a happy end or something else. You just stop when you have nothing more or nothing better to say. That's what this film looks like. Not bad, has its own energy and works interestingly for some time (or, if you prefer, all the time), but at some point, it stops with all the funny things it does and then it goes as a normalcy of its own. The problem is: it just stops. And when it does, men can be men only if they're children or act as ones, women can be women only if they keep being unhappy and unsatisfied. If you ask me, nothing new there for a story that wanted to say something big. Still, it's worth of a recomendation ...

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Release Date:

26 September 2019 (Chile) See more »

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2.35 : 1
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