Sunday, January 26, 2014

The Truth About Emanuel

Emanuel (Kaya Scodelario) is a teenager with deep rooted emotional problems stemming from her mother's death during childbirth.  Despite her loving dad, played by the great Alfred Molina, and her caring and sweet stepmother, she has extreme difficulty connecting with people.  But when a new neighbor (Jessica Biel) moves next door, Emanuel forms a mother-daughter bond with her, but soon discovers she is even more emotionally damaged.  This is a well made and heartfelt film that is so earnestly acted by Scodelario, Biel, and Molina that I definitely can't dismiss it.  Although I do wish it went further and delved deeper than it actually does.  Writer/director Francesca Gregorini clearly has what it takes to be a great filmmaker and I look forward to seeing what she does next.  Unfortunately this one is just shy of being a great film.

'The Truth About Emanuel' is available at home on Video on Demand.

Grade: B

Who is this movie for?  Those who really connected with the Ryan Gosling-led dark comedy 'Lars and the Real Girl' will probably connect with it the strongest.  Personally I didn't fully connect with either one, but I prefer this one.


  1. I will put this one on my list. I have the director's prior movie in my queue, Tanner Hall (2009), it features future stars Rooney Mara and Brie Larson.

    1. Yup, I added 'Tanner Hall' to my list last night as well!