The Truth about Emanuel (2013)
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Emanuel (Kaya Scodelario), a troubled girl, becomes preoccupied with her mysterious, new neighbor (Jessica Biel), who bears a striking resemblance to her dead mother. In offering to babysit her newborn, Emanuel unwittingly enters a fragile, fictional world, of which she becomes the gatekeeper. (C) Tribeca
Jan 10, 2014 Limited
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Although Gregorini is very clear on where her lead characters are coming from, it's where they're headed that remains entirely vague, an oversight that leaves them unfortunately adrift.
With a radically different tone and less naturalistic performances, The Truth About Emanuel might conceivably have worked. Gregorini didn't commit to the synthetic; paradoxically, that's what makes the film feel false.
This reveal happens about 30 minutes into the film and the remaining hour is spent like a dark, humorless episode of Three's Company.
This dark and occasionally suspenseful drama is an enjoyable watch thanks to some strong performances and Francesca Gregorini's sharp script ...
The irony is that in playing its silly premise dead straight, the film becomes a goldmine of unintentional hilarity.
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