The Truth About Emanuel (2014)
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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
Mar 25, 2014
Tribeca Films. Well Go USA - Official Site
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The universal truths Gregorini ostensibly hopes to unearth here actually end up feeling more than a little murky.
Tackling the pain of motherhood and guilt of daughterhood, director Francesca Gregorini builds unbearable tension into scenes that otherwise risk tilting toward melodrama.
A film so self-serious that it demands to be remade as a Seth MacFarlane farce, "The Truth About Emanuel" mixes the ludicrous and the pretentious in a story about mommy issues gone wild.
An odd, sensitive affair, with Skins graduate Scodelario impressive in her American debut.
The truth isn't as satisfying as viewers might hope in this low-budget thriller.
The Truth About Emanuel is as confusing a film as it is a beautiful one.
"The Truth About Emanuel" is trying so hard and has elements that are weirdly creepy, yet it still manages to be surprising and achingly sad.
For those with more interest in the mental decay of trauma and troubling defense mechanisms, Emanuel steps carefully and finds the occasional note of profundity to articulate the awakening taking place.
What's missing, in the end, is any provocative or poignant insights into the "truth" about Emanuel; all we get are vague hints.
Clever characters, some witty dialogue and intriguing situations, but a mystery that gives away its mysteries far too easily.
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