THE TRUTH ABOUT EMANUEL 2014

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A troubled girl (Emanuel) becomes preoccupied with her mysterious new neighbor (Linda), who bears a striking resemblance to her dead mother. In offering to baby-sit Linda's newborn, Emanuel unwittingly enters a fragile, fictional world, of which she becomes the gatekeeper.

Starring:
Kaya Scodelario, Jessica Biel
Runtime:
1 hour 35 minutes

Available in HD on supported devices

THE TRUTH ABOUT EMANUEL

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Thriller
Director Francesca Gregorini,
Starring Kaya Scodelario, Jessica Biel
Supporting actors Alfred Molina
Studio METRODOME
BBFC rating Suitable for 12 years and over
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER on 16 Mar 2014
Format: Blu-ray
Emanuel (Kaya Scodelario) is a moody teen who lives in her own world. Her mother died giving birth to her. Not only does she blame herself, "murderer without a motive" she feels out of place. Emanuel has no trouble with lying, although in her case it is a defensive mechanism. Her words are cynical. She meets Claude (Aneurin Barnard) a boy who understands her and emulates her ability to lie.

When Linda (Jessica Biel) moves in with her baby next door, Emanuel offers to babysit a woman who becomes her mother figure to the dismay of her step mom (Frances O'Connor) who worries Emanuel may be attracted to women. If for some reason you weren't engaged in the film, at 22 minutes you will be, as Linda has her own issues and secrets that Emanuel indulges her and protects her.

The film comes full circle as do most indies of this caliber. I would recommend NOT reading a lot of reviews as one might reveal the plot spoiler early in the film, i.e. at 22 minutes, that really must be experienced.

This is not a film for everyone. It is on the arty side. Well constructed dialog. Winner of several indie awards.

Parental Guide: 1 F-bomb. No sex or nudity. Teens kissing.
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By Jules TOP 500 REVIEWER on 6 Sep 2014
Format: DVD
Emanuel (Scodelario) is a troubled teen who doubts her existence due to self guilt about the death of her mother during child birth, which gives her a very different outlook on life. The arrival of new neighbor Linda (Biel) and her secret , intertwine , as their personal tragedies come to ahead.

Overall The Truth About Emanuel is an interesting dark drama with some splashes of humor. That endears you to the solemn lead duo in Scodelario & Biel, as their close kindred spirit relationship grows, which at times throws out sexual tension due to the beautiful actresses & close nature of their relationship. But that's as far as it goes, as they try hit home that Linda is like the Mother Emanuel lost & well, you'll figure out the rest. The tension as their relationship & awkward secret is probed by others who wouldn't understand, you nevertheless find yourself protective of their relationship & the secret they share & try to keep. The ending was amiable, albeit taking the safer way out of dealing with mental illness. Visually the films artistic/surreal touches are executed well & offer up a nice distraction.

At times the content of the movie could potentially have you just laughing at it, if not handled properly. But thanks to the chemistry of Kaya Scodelario (Skins) & the experience of the often underrated Jessica Biel (The Illusionist), they sell it just right so you remain immersed in the situation.
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Format: DVD
This film is a hidden gem. It captures you from the first monologue and brings you into this world which seems normal, but is not.
Watch this film knowing only this: A young girl lives with her Dad and step mom, her mother having died at her birth. A woman moves in next door who resembles her dead mom and they form a bond. - That is all.

It is a beautiful, artsy film, if you like character driven films with emotional undertones, do see this film.
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By David Oakley on 12 Sep 2014
Format: DVD
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