Available today on Blu-ray and DVD is the film The Truth About Emanuel.
The Truth About Emanuel stars Jessica Biel, Alfred Molina, Frances O’Connor, and Kaya Scodelario as Emanuel.
Emanuel is a young teenager about to turn 18 years old. From the very beginning of the film you can tell that she is emotionally damaged and not completely “with it”.
Emanuel’s mother died in childbirth. As she took her first breath her mother took her last breath. Emanuel has never forgiven herself for being born at the expense of her mother’s life. She wishes she had died, not her mother.
Dennis, Emanuel’s father (played by Alfred Molina) has done the best he could to raise his daughter on his own. He recently married Janice who doesn’t have any biological children of her own. She is unable to have children and was hoping to have the mother/daughter relationship with Emanuel that she has been longing for. Emanuel is not very receptive to anyone, especially Janice.
Next door a single mom name Linda (Jessica Beil) moves in. She has an infant daughter. Hearing that she needs a babysitter Emanuel takes her up on the opportunity while continuing to go to school and work at a local medical supply shop.
Linda happens to look exactly like Emanuel’s late mother.
Emanuel soon becomes very attached to Linda. Linda is like the mother she wishes she had growing up. However there is a huge secret that Linda is hiding that Emanuel feels the need to protect her from. She doesn’t want anyone to know Linda’s disturbing secret – not even her parents, boyfriend or Linda’s new suitor.
What is the secret the Emanuel is covering up for Linda? Could Emanuel help Linda with her emotional scars the same way Linda is helping her? To find out you need to pick up a copy of The Truth About Emanuel, available where most movies are sold.
Bonus features include the movie’s trailer, outtakes, deleted scenes and an interview with the director. I didn’t watch the interview yet but I did watch the outtakes and deleted scenes. You won’t miss much if you skip those bonus features.
Overall I thought this was a weird movie. The beginning set the tone for the rest of the movie. There is some kind of connection with water and fish with Emanuel and the death of her mother but for the life of me I could never figure that out, unless the water is suppose to signify Emanuel coming out of the womb (amniotic sack)?
Kaya Scodelario did an outstanding job in this film. You really got a sense of how tortured she was by the death of her mother and how that weighed heavily on her mind day after day.
Jessica Biel didn’t look her normal glamorous self in this film. Her hair was in dire need of a haircut and she wore odd, bohemian-like clothing.
Without giving away the details I will say that Jessica Biel’s secret in the film is rather disturbing. I don’t know how I would have handled it if I were Emanuel. Personally I think I would have at least told my parents.
It’s an interesting film. I wouldn’t say it was a “must see” but if you have a chance to catch it the film will entertain you. If you do happen to see the film and can figure out the connection between Emanuel and the water I would love to hear your thoughts on it.
Here is the trailer for your enjoyment.
*I received a free screener copy in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.