Emile

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Emile (Ian McKellen), a retired professor, returns to his Canadian hometown to receive an award after decades of living in England. The trip spurs memories of his troubled relationship with his brothers, Carl (Chris William Martin) and Freddy (Tygh Runyan). Stopping by the family farm, Emile visits with his niece, Nadia (Deborah Kara Unger), but their reunion isn't easy. As Emile tries to win Nadia's forgiveness for earlier mistakes, he forms a connection with her young daughter (Theo Crane).

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Critic Reviews for Emile

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  • A routine memory piece about long-buried family secrets that bubble back to the surface to wreak havoc.

    March 4, 2005 | Full Review…

    Scott Foundas

    Variety
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  • 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.

    March 4, 2005 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Tenderly touches our emotions.

    March 4, 2005 | Rating: 3/4
  • 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.

    March 3, 2005 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    March 3, 2005 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    February 3, 2005 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Emile

  • Oct 11, 2007
    This movie has good and bad. First, it drags. Emile, the main character is flashing back throughout the movie - I think sometimes you see him as a young Emile, but sometimes he keeps his current age. It is all confusing. However, if you last beyond the first hour, the story becomes easier to follow and more interesting.
    Red L Super Reviewer

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