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Independent Canadian filmmaker Carl Bessai directs Emile, the final entry in his identity trilogy that started with Johnny and Lola. Ian McKellen plays Emile, a retired university professor who travels from England to his hometown in Canada in order to accept an educational honor. Visiting the family farm in Saskatchewan, he recalls his childhood relationships with brothers Freddy (Tygh Runyan) and Carl (Chris William Martin). He stays with his grown-up niece, Nadia (Deborah Kara Unger), who
Mar 4, 2005 Wide
Apr 26, 2005
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A routine memory piece about long-buried family secrets that bubble back to the surface to wreak havoc.
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.
Tenderly touches our emotions.
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.
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.
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.
It's ultimately more simplistic and contrived than provocative.
While this dreamily photographed piece contains fine performances by all, it loses its way as it lingers too long in the past and moves too slowly in the present.
McKellen and Unger do a wonderful trudging through the dirt (and, finally, cheese), Emile never quite gets off the ground.
An honest and intelligent look into real relationships, impressively original in its execution and breathtakingly remarkable in its delivery.
a film of tender hues, quiet intensity and elegiac melancholy that you may well find lingering in your own memory.
Technical shortcomings aside this is a good story well told, elevated by McKellen on top form.
Reminds us that Sir Ian McKellen is used to playing more complex characters than Gandalf or Magneto.
A small but excellent cast supports McKellen in what is a beautiful and intelligent film.
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