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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 ... Clerk (as Wolf Ross)
Russell Steinberg ... Ticket Collector
Anne Ramsay ... Female Customer
Jonathan Schmock 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

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Country:

USA

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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Budget:

$1,300,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Originally titled "Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes" 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 ...
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Hallelujah (Messiah)
Written by George Frideric Handel (as George Fredrich Handel)
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aka the truth about fishes
1 February 2014 | by pcrawakeSee all my reviews

Softness, quiescence, mellow and dull, this movie builds towards a breaking point.

Emanuel, a young woman whose mother died in child birth is still haunted by the absence. Longing, hurt inside, she forms a connection with a new next door neighbor named Linda (played by Jessica Biel).

Can't spoil the movie, but Linda and Emanuel are connected by loss.

We need one another, we love one another and sometimes, the bereavement even if we never got to truly know that lost one, is so strong it breaks our hearts, minds, souls, and future. We find ourselves surrounded by water, drowning and watching our love fall deeper and get carried away by the current.

I enjoyed this movie.

Kaya Scodelario carried the movie and Jessica Biel delivered in a believable way.

Written and Directed by Francesca Gregorini, I didn't have any complaints with the script and felt there was a great pace and rhythm to the movie, supported nicely with music.


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