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THE TRUTH ABOUT EMANUEL 2014

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

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Thriller
Director Francesca Gregorini
Starring Kaya Scodelario, Jessica Biel
Supporting actors Alfred Molina, Frances O'Connor, Aneurin Barnard, Jimmi Simpson, Charlie Baver, Gabriela Dias, Emery Eastbum, Wolf Fleetwood-Ross, Spencer Garrett, Sam Jaeger, Kevin McCorkle, Siena Perez, Wil Philip, Anne Ramsay, Jonathan Schmock, Russell Steinberg, Cooper Thornton, Lucy Walsh
Studio METRODOME
BBFC rating Suitable for 12 years and over
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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An unusual, psychological drama. Worth watching but not something I would watch again. Emmanuel is seventeen and troubled by her mother`s death. Her mother died giving birth to her. She lives with her father and stepmother. Emmanuel becomes curious about the new woman who has moved in next door, and offers to babysit. The woman is seemingly a lone parent with a baby daughter. Emmanuel starts babysitting and soon realises that something is not right. Quite a sad story.
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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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Format: DVD
I'm not sure why this film has got low scores on places like imdb or rotten tomatoes, this is a good film. Dark but not life sucking depressing as there's an underlayer of sweetness and protectiveness the characters display towards one another.

They say this is cliche, but there are not a lot of truly original films, and I usually hate cliches, but this does breath fresh air into the dysfunctional family dynamic and characters.

The actresses and actors are all superbly casted, there's not one single person I thought brought the film down.

Great film.
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A great film.... Kaya Scodelario is one of the most talented new actresses of the 21st century . having seen her in a couple of British TV drama & short films. i thought this was a British movie until Kaya first spoke & I saw the first scene of this movie & it was for sure American.
For a young British actress to play a American girl so well just shows her ever growing talent. the film is an odd one with a chilling meaning & story line somewhat sad at times but well worth seeing....
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By Jules TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 6 Sept. 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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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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Quite a dark story. Started off quite good but then I thought became pretty boring. Think they could have done more with it.
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