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‘The Truth About Emanuel’ (2013) Movie Review


Written & Directed by Francesca Gregorini

Starring: Jessica Biel, Kaya Scodelario, Jimmi Simpson, and Alfred Molina

A troubled young woman becomes obsessed with her mysterious new neighbor, who bears a striking resemblance to the girl’s dead mother.

Death is universal. It’s something we all must face head on as it comes for us and our loves ones; even our beloved pets. There isn’t a standardized approach to such heady affairs, and The Truth About Emanuel shines a light on the darker side of coping. Kaya Scodelario leads this impressive cast as Emanuel, a nearly 17-year-old girl who cannot escape the pain of losing her mother during her own birth. Guilty and saddened beyond words, medications and doctor appointments are an inevitable facet of her otherwise blessed life. Emanuel views her mother’s death as her fault, regardless of the facts. Her mourning has lasted her entire life and shows no immediate signs of diminishing. Her father, Dennis (Molina) has remarried and Emanuel doesn’t exactly view her stepmother as anything positive in her life. Emanuel sends frequent painful barbs her way, causing an obvious family rift.

Then one day, Linda moves in next door. Portrayed by the lovely and talented Jessica Biel, the two hit it off and a babysitting offer is extended to Emanuel. Linda, a single mother of an infant, seems to have a soft spot for Emanuel and she goes on to serve as a matriarchal role in the young girl’s life. The relationship that blooms is wholly uncomfortable, adding a uniquely edgy element to the film. This is hardly a horror film; a dark psychological study of loss among mothers and daughters. If you don’t mind a slow burn with one helluva a plot surprise, this might be one for you. This is a remarkably written, directed, and acted film, one you’ll remember for some time if you give it a shot.

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