Emile (2005)

Emile returns to Canada, the country of his birth, after a lengthy absence. This triggers a remarkable journey into the consciousness of a man in his twilight years, melding past and present and asking the question: can past injustices be… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: March 4, 2005
DVD Release Date: April 26, 2005
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Critic Score: 57% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Scott Foundas

A routine memory piece about long-buried family secrets that bubble back to the surface to wreak havoc.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

Sir Ian McKellen is at his tweediest and most persnickety as the title character in Emile, the portrait of an eminent scientist who returns from England to his homeland, Canada, to receive an honorary degree from the University of Victoria.

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Ken Fox
TV Guide

Sensitively played but ultimately undone by its unconventional approach.

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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

Confusing the profound with the pretentious, director Bessai packs the story with elliptical, ominous flashbacks that undercut all the advances he makes with the contemporary tale.

David Blaylock
Village Voice

It's appropriate that the director calls this the final chapter in a trilogy about struggling with one's identity -- he shows none of his own while mishandling someone else's.

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David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

Poignant and well acted, though not very memorable.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

Tenderly touches our emotions.

Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

At heart a reverie, a meditation on the past and its treacheries, the ways in which people become flawed, and the eternal though often elusive possibility of forgiveness and redemption.

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Timothy Knight

It's ultimately more simplistic and contrived than provocative.

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Red Lats
This movie has good and bad. First, it drags. Emile, the main character is flashing back throughout the movie - I think sometimes you see him as a young… More