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

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Francesca Gregorini
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 25, 2014
Runtime:
Tribeca Films. Well Go USA - Official Site

Cast


as Arthur

as Thomas

as Emanuel's Mother

as Officer Ted

as Clerk

as Ticket Collector

as Female Customer

as Man on Train

as Officer Watson

as Mother
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Critic Reviews for The Truth About Emanuel

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (13)

The universal truths Gregorini ostensibly hopes to unearth here actually end up feeling more than a little murky.

Full Review… | January 10, 2014
RogerEbert.com
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Tackling the pain of motherhood and guilt of daughterhood, director Francesca Gregorini builds unbearable tension into scenes that otherwise risk tilting toward melodrama.

Full Review… | January 10, 2014
Los Angeles Times
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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.

Full Review… | January 10, 2014
New York Post
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It's not so much a thriller as it is a ride on a runaway crazy train.

Full Review… | January 10, 2014
Philadelphia Inquirer
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A tedious wallow in female damage and the indulgence of same ...

Full Review… | January 9, 2014
New York Times
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The movie goes off the deep end early, often and to little effect.

Full Review… | January 9, 2014
USA Today
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Audience Reviews for The Truth About Emanuel

½

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.

366weirdmovies
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½

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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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