Unfortunately, the characters in Francesca Gregorini's handsome but uninvolving "Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes" don't talk or behave like real people.
Thoughtful and precocious, 18-year-old Emanuel (Kaya Scodelario of the UK's "Skins") is still struggling to come to terms with the belief that she killed her mother, who died giving birth to her. When a new neighbor moves in next door to the home she shares with her father (Alfred Molina), the teen develops a strong bond with Linda (Jessica Biel), who looks far too manicured and Beverly Hills fresh for the mildly deranged character she's playing.
Things take a weird twist as the film tries to tug at our emotions, but fails to invest us in the characters enough to care about any of them. Scodelario, 20, falls short, overshadowed by the plethora of other gifted young stars at this year's fest.
Check out Indiewire's video interview with Biel, Scodelario and Gregorini below: