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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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... Emily
... Arden
... Robert
... Emily's Mother
Millie Donnelly ... Newborn Emily
Sadie Fitzmaurice ... Toddler Emily
Hunter Fitzmaurice ... Toddler Emily
... Young Emily
... Mr. Spade
Loui Vangelder ... Steve
... June
Kai Power ... Young Arden
Kate Parry ... Trapeze Artist
Conor Knox ... Male Student
... 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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Arden was written to be Irish too, and Irish actors were auditioned for the part. The British George Webster gave the best audition, and they re-wrote Arden to be half-English. See more »

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Emily: Facts are only point of view and point of view can change
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Truths, isolation, abandonment
22 March 2017 | by See all my reviews

I'm not aware of Fitzmaurice's cultural background: judging his first feature film on the basis of the level of theoretical depth that it (apparently) expresses would be consequently unfair. But "My name is Emily" - as far as we know - is one of the most elegant examples of complex theoretic inclusions within a classic drama movie format.

Film language is quite complex with its multimedia semiotics: it's hard to find mainstream films with both an attention to deep conceptual problems and some "watchability" value (no, I wouldn't consider Matrix an example...). This is of course not due to the lack of great writers/directors but to the nature of the language itself which is in some sense too rich, redundant and ambiguous: life-like.

So here we have a sort of meta-allegory of Plato's cavern allegory (and its social consequences) which doesn't sound boring or book-like, involves likable characters and has a solid plot. Furthermore photography depicts charming corners of Ireland and the actors did an honest job.

However all in all the film feels weak, not enough daring (and caring) and with too many unnecessary minutes here and there: lots and lots of details that sound rushed or amateurish.

The writer (and director) has for sure something interesting to say but despite its merits "My name is Emily" is quite forgettable.


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