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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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Drama | Thriller


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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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Did You Know?


Rooney Mara was originally cast but dropped out due to scheduling conflicts. Kaya Scodelario replaced her in the lead role. 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 Agnes Obel
Performed by Agnes Obel
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beautiful and simple but intelligent film.
18 February 2014 | by See all my reviews

On reading the reviews for this film, I was expecting a slow paced and emotionally confusing story, but having watched this film I feel it has gone hideously unappreciated. The beginning is a little slow, and it's hard to connect to the characters initially, but the bond created between the teenager and woman is both unique and thought provoking.

This film has lovely dynamics, and deals with the issues of loss and emotional wellbeing in a very poetic and intricate manner that cannot go unappreciated.

I addition to these points,the music is also very well suited.

All in all, this story is very quiet, poetic and special, and if you are someone who appreciates the relationship one can build with a film, then definitely waste no more time and watch this.

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