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Sundance: 'Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes' Review and Interview (VIDEO)

Thompson on Hollywood By Nora Chute | Thompson on Hollywood January 30, 2013 at 12:14PM

Unfortunately, the characters in Francesca Gregorini's handsome but uninvolving "Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes" don't talk or behave like real people.
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"Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes"
"Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes"

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:


 

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.