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Emile Reviews

March 4, 2005
A routine memory piece about long-buried family secrets that bubble back to the surface to wreak havoc.
March 4, 2005
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 4, 2005
Tenderly touches our emotions.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
March 3, 2005
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 3, 2005
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.
February 3, 2005
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
June 4, 2004
The films of Carl Bessai are remarkably similar on two fronts: (1) They all have a single name for a title -- first Johnny, then Lola, now Emile; and (2) They just aren't getting much better.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 11, 2004
McKellen, as one might expect, is brilliant in the role of a 60-something man re-inhabiting his earlier life on a farm in Saskatchewan and visiting the imagined life of his brother and his niece during the period when he has been living in England.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5