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  • Summary: Emile (McKellen) travels from England to Canada, the country of his birth, to receive an honorary degree. His trip 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 remedied? (Castle Hill Productions) Expand
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  1. It's a beautifully modulated performance in a nicely crafted, quietly unassuming character study by Vancouver-based writer-director Carl Bessai.
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    The dreamy drama Emile shows how a talented cast can turn a tentative plot into pleasant viewing.
  3. Poignant and well acted, though not very memorable.
  4. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    A routine memory piece about long-buried family secrets that bubble back to the surface to wreak havoc.
  5. While most films in which the angry past confronts the guilty present degenerate into mawkish reconciliations, Emile errs on the side of restraint.
  6. Both lightweight and heavy-handed, Carl Bessai's arthouse drama can't even be redeemed by Ian McKellen's sensitive turn in the title role.
  7. Reviewed by: David Blaylock
    Odd beginning permits viewers to leave after five minutes and know what happens. Those remaining are left with the full tome, its 92-minute length hiding an experience as draining as "Heaven's Gate."

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