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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.

Writers:

Francesca Gregorini (screenplay), Sarah Thorp (story) | 1 more credit »
5 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kaya Scodelario ... Emanuel
Jessica Biel ... Linda
Frances O'Connor ... Janice
Aneurin Barnard ... Claude
Sam Jaeger ... Thomas
Jimmi Simpson ... Arthur
Alfred Molina ... Dennis
Gabriela Dias ... Emanuel's Mother
Spencer Garrett ... Officer Ted
Wolf Fleetwood-Ross Wolf Fleetwood-Ross ... Clerk (as Wolf Ross)
Russell Steinberg ... Ticket Collector
Anne Ramsay ... Female Customer
Jonathan Schmock ... Sam
Wil Philip ... Man on Train
Charlie Baver Charlie Baver ... Baby
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

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Trivia

In January 2020 director Francesca Gregorini filed a lawsuit against M. Night Shyamalan and Tony Basgallop saying they stole the idea for their Apple TV+ series Servant (2020) from this film. Shyamalan and Basgallop both denied the charge saying they had never seen this film and it was just a coincidence. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[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 business...
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Featured in Starfilm (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Ruhe Sanft, Mein holdes Leben from Zaide, K.344
Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performed by Miah Persson and the Swedish Chamber Orchestra
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Deep movie about loss and belonging.
18 July 2014 | by kdcalderon-fSee all my reviews

This was an incredibly deep movie about loss and belonging.

This film is presented in a very intelligent, original way and even though the acting may seem awkward at times, it hits the mark with the overall feeling of uncertainty and UN-belonging.

It may be a bit slow, but what is expressed and observed non verbally throughout the movie creates that churning in your stomach, that ache that keeps you on the edge of your seat. It makes you wonder.

This movie is very simple, but emotionally goes beyond and is captivating. Both Jessica Biel and Kaya Scodelario played their parts perfectly.

If you love these types of deep movies that you can you emotionally attach to, this movie is a must watch!


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Country:

USA | Mexico

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 January 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,300,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$4,404

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,404
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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