The Truth About Emanuel (2014)
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
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Critic Reviews for The Truth About Emanuel
Part coming-of-age drama, part offbeat psychological thriller, The Truth About Emanuel does not entirely pull off its unusual story but is well worth watching for the spark generated by leads Kaya Scodelario and Jessica Biel.
Though its twist comes early, the payoff has a surprisingly strong emotional impact.
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.
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.
It's not so much a thriller as it is a ride on a runaway crazy train.
The movie, trapped in the weeds of self-pity and skin-deep badassery, never quite earns the sympathy it so strenuously solicits.
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.
The film has an odd and striking energy, and the chemistry between Scodelario and Biel has an electrical charge to it.
A lack of development - in both characters and storyline - will likely leave you feeling duped.
The result plays like bad poetry, eager to fool around with symbols, but unable to use them complexly or to realize their transformative potential.
What's missing, in the end, is any provocative or poignant insights into the "truth" about Emanuel; all we get are vague hints.
Audience Reviews for The Truth About Emanuel
A troubled teenage girl becomes obsessed with the single mom who moves in next door, who has secrets of her own. A bit slow and heavy-handed at times, but generally an effective female-centered psychodrama about maternal love.More
Reading the bad reviews on RT I wonder why people didn't like drama thriller indie written, directed and produced by Francesca Gregorini. The film stars Jessica Biel, Kaya Scodelario, Alfred Molina, Jimmi Simpson, Aneurin Barnard and Frances O'Connor. It premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 18, 2013.
The story of Emanuel (Scodelario), is a story of a troubled girl, who becomes preoccupied with her mysterious, new neighbor (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 doorkeeper. Interesting story about salvation and redemption. This tale unfolds and unravels in secrets, creating blind-spots that will at best keep us from moving forward, at worst derail us completely. I enjoyed it as a choreographed piece between sorrow and fantasy; a haunting dance between its two main characters, Linda and Emanuel.
When we have a director raised in Rome, Los Angeles and the English countryside, there is a feel Francesca Gregorini brings in this movie... a worldly, passionate and unique sensibility. Character driven movie will take you to the end creating mysteries, some of them unnecessary for the plot, but visually stunning!
Watchable movie which will cause some reaction with the viewers on the emotional level! It seems that I liked it more than the others, but there is nothing to be ashamed - I found it well made... just enough well made for the 60%.
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