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Emile (2005)



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Emile returns to Canada, the country of his birth, after a lengthy absence. This triggers a remarkable journey into the consciousness of a man in his twilight years, melding past and present and asking the question: can past injustices be remedied? Now retired, Emile travels from England to receive an honorary doctorate from the University of Victoria. He takes advantage of the trip to visit his niece, Nadia, who lives there with her young daughter. For Emile, the visit unleashes a torrent of memories of his life in Canada before he moved abroad -- his troubled relationship with his brothers, tragic accidents and unrequited love. Emile's arrival prompts Nadia to revisit unresolved feelings about her past as well.more
Rating: R (for language)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Carl Bessai
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 26, 2005
Castle Hill Productions - Official Site


Theo Crane
as Maria/Nadia (age 10)
Nancy Sivak
as Superintendent
Frank Borg
as Taxi Driver
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Critic Reviews for Emile

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (9)

A routine memory piece about long-buried family secrets that bubble back to the surface to wreak havoc.

Full Review… | March 4, 2005
Top Critic

Confusing the profound with the pretentious, director Bessai packs the story with elliptical, ominous flashbacks that undercut all the advances he makes with the contemporary tale.

Full Review… | March 4, 2005
New York Daily News
Top Critic

Tenderly touches our emotions.

March 4, 2005
New York Post
Top Critic

Sir Ian McKellen is at his tweediest and most persnickety as the title character in Emile, the portrait of an eminent scientist who returns from England to his homeland, Canada, to receive an honorary degree from the University of Victoria.

Full Review… | March 3, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

It's appropriate that the director calls this the final chapter in a trilogy about struggling with one's identity -- he shows none of his own while mishandling someone else's.

Full Review… | March 3, 2005
Village Voice
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At heart a reverie, a meditation on the past and its treacheries, the ways in which people become flawed, and the eternal though often elusive possibility of forgiveness and redemption.

Full Review… | February 3, 2005
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Emile


This movie has good and bad. First, it drags. Emile, the main character is flashing back throughout the movie - I think sometimes you see him as a young Emile, but sometimes he keeps his current age. It is all confusing. However, if you last beyond the first hour, the story becomes easier to follow and more interesting.

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