The Truth About Emanuel 2013 TV-14 CC

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A teenage girl (Kaya Scodelario, WUTHERING HEIGHTS) develops a strange attraction to her mysterious new neighbor (Jessica Biel, THE ILLUSIONIST). As the two women become close, a chilling secret is revealed. With Alfred Molina.

Starring:
Kaya Scodelario, Jessica Biel
Runtime:
1 hour, 36 minutes

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The Truth About Emanuel

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Genres Drama, Thriller
Director Francesca Gregorini
Starring Kaya Scodelario, Jessica Biel
Supporting actors Alfred Molina, Frances O'Connor, Aneurin Barnard, Jimmi Simpson, Charlie Baver, Gabriela Dias, Emery Eastbum, Spencer Garrett, Sam Jaeger, Kevin McCorkle, Siena Perez, Wil Philip, Anne Ramsay, Wolf Ross, Jonathan Schmock, Russell Steinberg, Cooper Thornton, Lucy Walsh
Studio Tribeca Film
MPAA rating TV-14
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 3-day viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

It's easily the worst film I've seen all year.
Bart M
Many characters are presented with various levels of understanding in very difficult exploration of human need.
Gayle Sicchitano
This was exactly as the other person who listed 1 star says.
George Louis

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy on December 9, 2013
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Emanuel (Kaya Scodelario) is a moody teen who lives in her own world. Her mother died giving birth to her. Not only does she blame herself, "murderer without a motive" she feels out of place. Emanuel has no trouble with lying, although in her case it is a defensive mechanism. Her words are cynical. She meets Claude (Aneurin Barnard) a boy who understands her and emulates her ability to lie.

When Linda (Jessica Biel) moves in with her baby next door, Emanuel offers to babysit a woman who becomes her mother figure to the dismay of her step mom (Frances O'Connor) who worries Emanuel may be attracted to women. If for some reason you weren't engaged in the film, at 22 minutes you will be, as Linda has her own issues and secrets that Emanuel indulges her and protects her.

The film comes full circle as do most indies of this caliber. I would recommend NOT reading a lot of reviews as one might reveal the plot spoiler early in the film, i.e. at 22 minutes, that really must be experienced.

This is not a film for everyone. It is on the arty side. Well constructed dialog. Winner of several indie awards.

Parental Guide: 1 F-bomb. No sex or nudity. Teens kissing.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Plaid Enterprises LLC on November 29, 2013
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Beautifully made movie. Very interesting! Amazing performances by Kaya and Jessica. It's a very dark and emotional movie. But really really good.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ron K. Smythe on March 8, 2014
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This movie has great acting from both female leads. It has a gut wrenching independent film feel that wont soon leave you, once the movie ends. It's a story about life and death and how it can affect the human mind. Don't listen to the critics, they know not what they write.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By jon on February 25, 2014
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it was good for renting but i like it to the point ill buy it some point soon 1hr 36mins of fun
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Steven Gaydos on February 24, 2014
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They probably thought they needed to sell this as a thriller and though it's disturbing, tense and suspenseful, ultimately it's a very imaginative and serious examination of two fragile psychologies who come together under unusual (to say the least) circumstances. I know this picture got knocked around at Sundance, but it's better written and acted than 90% of the films that get a pass from Sundance critics. If you like films of Terry Gilliam and want to see a young filmmaker trying to make something original, imaginative and heartful, give it a try.
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I discovered this gem while scrolling through a website that listed all movies released (or to be released) in 2014. I was looking for something "different" and "interesting." To say "The Truth About Emanuel" fit the bill would be an understatement. It is strange, but then again, I was going for "strange." Unlike some other reviewers, I definitely did NOT have the plot figured out early on--(SPOILER ALERT!!! DON'T READ FURTHER IF YOU DON'T WANT TO KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THE PLOT OR ENDING!!!)--I was convinced up until almost the very end that it would turn out the baby was real and that Emanuel was the one living in a psychotic world of make-believe. I really like that the movie had three very strong female leads. Put that together with "Maleficent" and we've got at least two 2014 films with multiple strong female leads: we need more of that! Of course, Alfred Molina was wonderful, as always. He always hits the note right on key. But the women made the movie. I thought Kaya Scodelario, Jessica Biel, and Frances O'Connor were all brilliant. It's a disturbing movie, true, but it ends on a note of hope. Friendships, however weird, between women can just be so powerful and so mentally healthy, sometimes even if they start out as unhealthy. All feminist theorizing aside, however, the movie was gripping. It pulled me right in and I couldn't look away. Ultimately, it did what a movie is supposed to do--it entertained, drew me out of my routine existence, and made me think. If you're looking for a movie that is entertaining, but not the same old car chase, sex scene, and male hero coming to the rescue, look no further. I highly recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Somaazul on June 5, 2014
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I liked this movie. I read the one star reviews so if you like atmosphere, angst and emotion, you will like this movie. If you expect the usually Hollywood, over the top visuals you probably won't like or get this movie. This is a sweet, thoughtful movement that brings us to the brink of madness. Dare you look over or do you turn away?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Jajam on February 22, 2014
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Emotionally packed story of how two people deal with loss and grief. Delusions, insanity, suspense, it is all here. J.Biel does an amazing job as per usual.
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