Vivid and carnal, Ema opens with the image of the movie’s titular protagonist, a Reggaeton dancer, setting a stoplight on fire on the streets of Valparaíso, Chile via a flamethrower strapped to her back. Earlier, Ema and her then-husband, Gaston, had adopted a child who they felt compelled to return to the orphanage, destroying their marriage and sending Ema into a downward spiral…at least until she decides to stop playing by anyone else’s rules. The movie’s narrative sometimes plays out almost like a music video, which doesn’t always work, but there’s an undeniable power and exuberance in its best moments.

Where to stream: Digital rental