Emily has been living in a foster home ever since her father was institutionalized after her mother's death. Still, she keeps in touch with him through the birthday cards he sends her every year. As Emily starts at a new school, she catches the attention of her shy classmate Arden. When her father doesn't send a birthday card on her 16th birthday, Emily decides to take matters into her own hands. Enlisting Arden's help, she runs away, and the pair set out on a road trip to break her father out of the psych ward. As their journey progresses, Emily and Arden must depend on each other as they learn about life, love, loss, and letting go.Written by
This movie won't be from everyone, but it is for me. Evanna Lynch recently almost won Dancing with the Stars. She was robbed by the way, but I digress. After watching her dance, I was intrigued to see what she's done since her Harry Potter days. I found "I Am Emily." I realized I saw this film a few years ago. I decided to watch again. As I was viewing this film, I thought that this is the kind of project I would like to be involved in one day. It was beautifully shot in Ireland. It was something unusual that totally took me to a different world for an hour and forty minutes. As Emily's dad says in the movie, "it's OK to be weird". It was definitely OK that this movie was weird and unusual. I found myself mesmerized by Lynch's character. George Webster also had a very strong performance. Without giving away spoilers, I will just say I loved the decisions his character made in this film.
Evanna dedicated one of her dances in Dancing with the Stars to the director Simon Fitzmaurice who passed away from Lou Gehrig's disease. I will search for more of his films, because he really created something special with "I am Emily". It seems like the story was written just for Evanna Lynch. She is quirky, but something about her hits you like electricity (as her boyfriend described in the film several times.). Some may say it moved slowly like the old car they drove on their road trip, but it was just right for me. It was filled with emotion and tremendous performances. I am only giving 9 stars, since I can understand that this film may not be for everyone. If I was recommending it just for my tastes, I would give it an 11.
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