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The Truth About Emanuel (2013)

Not Rated | | Drama, Thriller | 10 January 2014 (USA)
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A troubled girl becomes preoccupied with her mysterious new neighbor, who bears a striking resemblance to her dead mother.


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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. Written by Francesca Gregorini

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Release Date:

10 January 2014 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes  »

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$1,300,000 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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Originally titled "Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes" See more »


When Linda gives Emanuel a blouse to wear on her date, she tells her that she wore this on her first date with Chloe's father, although the price tag appears clearly as she holds the blouse. See more »


[first lines]
Emanuel: My name is Emanuel. I'm 17 years old and I killed my mother. I had her sliced open, like a goat for the slaughter, to get me pulled out. As she bled, the doctor pushed air into my lungs and pressed his hands repeatedly onto my chest, with the same rhythmic, repetitive motion that he used to jerk himself off that very morning. It worked. He came and I came. Back to life.
Emanuel: The fact that my mother lost her life for this - for me - is probably just a side note. The cost of doing ...
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Written by Georges Bizet and Sebastián Yradier
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Great acting and character development but misses the mark
27 February 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The lead actresses deserve 9/10. The story concept 8/10. The whole package 6/10. The symbiotic relationship between the lead characters is realistic and develops quickly. The story line is a bit contrived but does express the characters' deep sense of loss and interdependency. It is very unfortunate that some of that energy is lost during the final symbolic scenes. Instead of leaving a lasting impression, they fall a bit flat. Nevertheless, this film is worth watching for the acting alone. It was impressive that Kaya Scodelario developed such a realistic American accent for the role. It adds another dimension to her excellent acting ability and (like Jessica Biel) she has the natural and very good looks to go with it.

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