Although “Emanuel and the Truth about Fishes” still has a couple more screenings to go, the reviews are pouring in, and they are overwhelmingly positive.
One review that stood out to me was from JoBlo.Com and it was written by Chris Bombay. In the rave review, the author compliments every aspect of the film, which is a rarity these days. Now it’s time to get to my favorite part of any review, the Jesse compliments;
She’s matched by Jessica Biel- in a performance that, if enough people see it, can be a game changer for her career. Anyone who’s dismissed her as just another pretty face needs to see her as the obviously unbalanced, but vulnerable Linda. Without giving too much away, I’ll just say that Biel’s performance is truly multifaceted, and is far from your typical screen depiction of insanity.
After reading that I am unbelievably excited to see Jessica in “Emanuel.” As I mentioned above, the author not only loved Jessica but the entire film, here is his closing paragraph;
Truly, Gregorini’s made an extraordinary film- with perfect performances, dazzling visuals, and a haunting musical score by Nathan Larson. Again- it’s not for everyone, and it’s far from conventional. But- if you go in with an open mind, and are anxious to soak up something a little different, this is a gem. If there’s any justice, this one will get a lot of attention. At any rate, expect to be seeing a lot of Kaya Scodelario.
Overall the film was given 9/10, Jesse’s highest rated film on their website. Not only did JoBlo.Com review and love the film, The Hollywood Reporter did as well. This is Justin Lowe’s opinion on Jesse’s performance;
“Emanuel situates Biel in full-on maternal mode, something of a departure for the actress, which she accomplishes rather persuasively. Playing Linda as a warm, open and ultimately very troubled single mother, Biel’s performance firmly anchors the film, until Linda’s life is dramatically cast adrift.”
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I cannot WAIT to see this film, but I’m more excited to see what kind of distribution route they will take, and will this be a 2014 award film? Let’s hope so.