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My Name Is Emily (2015)

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On her 16th birthday, Emily runs away from her foster home and, with the help of her new friend Arden, sets out on a road trip to break her father out of a psychiatric institution.

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Simon Fitzmaurice
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Evanna Lynch ... Emily
George Webster ... Arden
Michael Smiley ... Robert
Deirdre Mullins ... Emily's Mother
Millie Donnelly Millie Donnelly ... Newborn Emily
Sadie Fitzmaurice Sadie Fitzmaurice ... Toddler Emily
Hunter Fitzmaurice Hunter Fitzmaurice ... Toddler Emily
Sarah Minto ... Young Emily
Michael Hough ... Mr. Spade
Loui Vangelder Loui Vangelder ... Steve
Ally Ni Chiarain ... June
Kai Power Kai Power ... Young Arden
Kate Parry Kate Parry ... Trapeze Artist
Conor Knox Conor Knox ... Male Student
Cathy Belton ... Ms. White
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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 Monument Releasing

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Language:

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Release Date:

17 February 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A nevem Emily See more »

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Bray, County Wicklow, Ireland See more »

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1.85 : 1
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Less extras than expected turned up on the day to shoot the scenes in Robert's classes. So in the brief shot where Robert is finally connecting with his class, several crew members had to jump on camera to fill the frame. See more »

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Arden: You make me feel stupid
Emily: Sorry... that's the nicest thing anyone's ever said to me
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A beautiful, poetic road movie about love and loss and redemption.
14 January 2016 | by JayConnorsSee all my reviews

There's a poetry to My Name is Emily. Not just in the words - it permeates the imagery and music as well. That should come as no surprise to anyone familiar with Simon Fitzmaurice's work - his short films won all around them, lauded as lyrical and beautiful. His stream-of-consciousness film-making evokes a response on myriad levels - visually, musically, emotionally - and My Name is Emily succeeds on all fronts.

Emily, played beautifully by Evanna Lynch, is a troubled soul - deep and considered and stubbornly beyond conformity. She is wounded, armored and iron-strong. Arden, played with great charm by newcomer George Webster, is similarly bruised, but meets his own challenges with an infectious wit and enthusiasm. He hides his own pain under bravado, to a degree, and his inherent optimism and seize-the-day attitude are a perfect counterpoint to Emily's initial introspection. Their growth as characters as they journey across Ireland builds in an organic and believable way, gradually revealing themselves to each other, and in turn, the audience.

To call this movie a road trip is a little reductive - it is, for all intents and purposes, but the journey Simon so wonderfully evokes is through an emotional landscape as well as a physical one.

Parents loom large for both these characters, in different ways. Emily's father Robert is written across every aspect of her life. Their history together has forged her, left her vulnerable, searching for answers. Michael Smiley delivers a nuanced and powerful performance as Robert - a broken man, gradually remade through love and forgiveness.

Simon finds humor and pathos throughout, delicately balanced against themes of loss and redemption. He adds richness and texture in deft strokes, letting peripheral characters shine in fleeting moments - Arden's Granny, full of wit and wisdom, Emily's foster parents, crippled by their earnest middle-class nicety.

Emily's pain and loss simmer, fathoms deep, etched across every subtle expression. Lynch plays it flat at first, closed and impenetrable, but gradually opens up as the movie progresses. It's wonderful to see Emily start to smile and laugh, to watch her being freed as Arden helps her come out of herself, out of her pain. My Name is Emily is a poem about love and loss, darkness and light and everything in between.


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