||IMDB Rating: 6.0/10 from 12 votes
||Release: 10 January 2014 (USA) /
||Genre: Drama, Thriller
||Director: Francesca Gregorini,
||Stars: Alfred Molina, Aneurin Barnard, Charlie Baver, Emery Eastbum, Frances O'Connor, Gabriela Dias, Jessica Biel, Jimmi Simpson, Kaya Scodelario, Kevin McCorkle, Sam Jaeger, Siena Perez, Spencer Garrett, Wil Philip, Wolf Fleetwood-Ross
||Synopsis: A troubled girl (Emanuel) becomes preoccupied with her mysterious new neighbor (Linda), who bears a striking resemblance to her dead mother. In offering to baby-sit Linda's newborn, Emanuel unwittingly enters a fragile, fictional world, of which she becomes the gatekeeper. Written by Francesca Gregorini
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Writer/Director Francesca Gregorini brings a unique and entertaining
voice to her new film Emanuel and the Truth about Fishes. This is a
darkly comic yet dramatic film about a young misfit girl who befriends
her new next-door neighbor who is a single mother with a newborn.
This film is about, among other things, dealing with loss, motherhood
and relationships with mothers. Not being able to be a mother but
wanting to, not having a mother and wanting one. It may not sound
exciting, or it may sound like a set-up for a romantic comedy of sorts,
but this film has elements of horror, mystery, surrealism and gets
quite intense at times. The film while it is dramatic and has many
moments of the above is surprisingly comedic which helps balance the
darker aspects of the film. Few films can pull off the level of comedy
and heart- breaking reality that this film employs.
I knew fairly early on that I was going to like this film, the way it
played perfectly with the audience's emotion and the striking
production design. It is amazing how fresh and different this film
feels, there is always an undercurrent that something is wrong which
latches you to everything on screen.
I was emotionally invested in our main protagonist Emanuel (played by
Kaya Scodelario) and in-turn with the single mother Linda (played by
Jessica Biel). Between this and Wuthering Heights, I think Kaya
Scodelario is an actress to keep an eye on. I've never been a Jessica
Biel fan, until now, she is perfect in her role as 'the perfect
mother'. The family dynamic too feels authentic with great supporting
roles by Alfred Molina and Frances O'Conner.
The only thing that doesn't quite work in this film is the ending; it
ends a bit abruptly and offers some emotional satisfaction but in terms
of 'reality' feels like more should have happened to find a resolution
for the characters. Maybe that's the point though, in difficult
situations like these there is no neat bow to tie and make everyone
feel perfect and the dissonance at the end is a manifestation of that.
Other reactions may be more mixed but thematically and emotionally it
was engaging and I appreciated it a great deal.
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, Aneurin Barnard
, Charlie Baver
, Emery Eastbum
, Frances O'Connor
, Gabriela Dias
, Jessica Biel
, Jimmi Simpson
, Kaya Scodelario
, Kevin McCorkle
, Sam Jaeger
, Siena Perez
, Spencer Garrett
, Wil Philip
, Wolf Fleetwood-Ross
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