Emanuel, a troubled girl, becomes preoccupied with her mysterious, new neighbor, who bears a striking resemblance to her dead mother. In offering to babysit her newborn, Emanuel unwittingly enters a fragile, fictional world, of which she becomes the gatekeeper.
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I was somehow mislead when I learned about this film. It wasn't exactly what I thought it would turn out to be like. Kaya Scodelario as Emamuel is as enigmatic as she is beautiful.. great acting. It's a story that would leave you wondering, with the right kind of twist. It doesn't leave you in the dark.. but doesn't exactly put you in a happy place either.
At it's core, the film explores the absence of a mother figure, with three different women bordering on mad by idealization and longing to have/be that figure.
A psychological drama on the verge of a thriller, at it's best. Ultimately, it is/becomes a film about salvation and overcoming one's traumas, this being the weakest aspect of film in execution, undermining the mystery by solving it.
Symbolic and deep about people dealing with loss. Was very impressed with both main actresses - Who knew Jessica Biel had acting skills in her? - and the story is interesting.
However, it's a bit rough on the edges and not the film for the fast paced lovers.
Would have given it more but the idea behind the film is lazily executed. Kaya(the reason the film caught my attention) is less interesting than in Wuthering Heights and is just replicating blank-stared Effy from Skins.