Selena Gomez's critically-acclaimed new movie heads to Netflix

selena gomez, emilia perez
Selena Gomez's new movie heads to NetflixCourtesy of the Cannes Film Festival

Selena Gomez's critically-acclaimed new movie Emilia Perez will head to Netflix following its premiere at Cannes.

The Spanish-language musical crime comedy received an 11-minute standing ovation at the annual film festival last week (May 18), with the streamer now finalising a deal for the UK and North America (via Deadline).

Directed by Jacques Audiard, the film centres around a woman who helps an escaped cartel leader undergo gender reassignment surgery.

As well as Gomez, Emilia Perez also stars Guardians of the Galaxy's Zoe Saldaña, Dr. Death's Édgar Ramírez and Karla Sofía Gascón.

selena gomez, emilia perez
Courtesy of the Cannes Film Festival

Related: Wizards of Waverly Place reboot title confirmed with new look pics

"Emilia Perez follows the story of Rita (Saldaña), an overqualified and undervalued lawyer at a large firm that is more interested in getting criminals off the hook than bringing them to justice," reads the official synopsis for the movie.

"One day, she is given an unexpected way out, when cartel leader Manitas (Gascón) hires her to help him withdraw from his business and realise a plan he has been secretly preparing for years: to become the woman he has always dreamt of being."

Following its recent Cannes premiere, the film has landed largely positive reviews, achieving an impressive 88% fresh score on Rotten Tomatoes (from 25 reviews).

zoe saldana, emilia perez
Courtesy of the Cannes Film Festival

Related: Only Murders in the Building lands season 4 release date

"A more than risky conceit, but Audiard's steadfast refusal to play it as a joke — this is sincere, sentimental filmmaking — proves wholly winning," wrote Vanity Fair.

"Emilia Perez wins you over by being unabashedly sincere. It takes its mission in all of its various genres — musical, crime thriller, and soap opera — seriously thanks to the committed performances and Audiard's expressive direction," added The Daily Beast.

The Times branded Emilia Perez as "a musical for our time", while The Hollywood Reporter praised the film for providing viewers with "something fresh, full of vitality and affecting, held aloft by its own quietly soaring power."

Emilia Pérez doesn't have a release date yet.

You Might Also Like