Frances O'Connor
Review: Many layers cover 'The Truth About Emanuel'
Review: Many layers cover 'The Truth About Emanuel'

"The Truth About Emanuel" isn't that she murdered her mother, as she claims in the film's opening voice-over — a literary monologue that strikes too coarse a tone for the psychological nuances to come. Rather, her mom died in childbirth, adding a sad and bitter layer to her birthday cake each year. As the 18th anniversary approaches, and with an eager new stepmom in the house, Emanuel (Kaya Scodelario) takes unusual interest in the boho woman who moves in next door and bears a striking resemblance to her own mother. The usually prickly Emanuel quickly volunteers to babysit for Linda (Jessica Biel, poignantly maternal) — an easy gig at first. In fact,...