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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Clerk (as Wolf Ross)
Ticket Collector
Female Customer
Man on Train
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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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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 Zachary Fried, Keenan Mitchell, Jake Aron, Bill Runge, and Samuel Ubi
Performed by Fort Lean
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A surprising film
7 September 2014 | by See all my reviews

After reading the critic reviews for this film, I was not expecting much at all. However I decided to give it a watch in my spare time and it was definitely worth it. Kaya (whom I have adored ever since skins) although sticking to the "troubled teen" stereotype she is often cast in, delivered a believable and well rounded performance. The script came together very well, and the story arcs in a way which I did not expect, and the film is then carried through by strong acting performances from both Kaya and Jessica, allowing the viewer to really witness and experience the emotions of these characters and the experiences through which they have suffered.

My only criticism would be that occasionally the "Claude" storyline felt a but forced and unnecessary, but a wonderful film none the less. If you enjoy slower burning films that pay off such as 'now is good' or 'the virgin suicides' this film is definitely down your alley.

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