The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005)

PG-13   |    |  Drama, Horror, Thriller

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A lawyer takes on a negligent homicide case involving a priest who performed an exorcism on a young girl.

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  • Howie Day at an event for The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005)
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  • Jennifer Carpenter in The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005)
  • Laura Linney in The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005)
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19 August 2007 | tedg
Trial by Movie
I liked the idea of this a whole lot.

Laura Linney was at the edge of her competence here, but she's close.

The idea is simple. We have the courtroom movie. Its a form that allows nesting or folding of stories in various ways. Its been extended in all sorts of ways, including Kurosawa and Christie. Why not extend it so that the story within is another movie genre?

Why not? And then flatten it into a set of questions about reality, the stories we make in reality. Its a movie where he folks in the movie look at us and wonder what makes a true story. In the film, the question is whether the priest is true about this girl being possessed, a story that has been fabricated over thousands of years. Or whether "common sense" tells you otherwise.

Outside the movie, the reflection is on the relevance of story at all. And why would we willingly choose story over "truth" anyway? We often do, even when the story is that we are not.

Unfortunately, the filmmaker once again had bigger ideas than he had skill.

But its a noble idea nonetheless.

Ted's Evaluation -- 2 of 3: Has some interesting elements.

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Jennifer Carpenter's audition was so convincing and scary that the director decided to cast her right then.


Dr. Cartwright: That girl was not schizophrenic, she was not epileptic, or any combination of the two. I've seen hundreds of people with those problems. They have terrible afflictions, of course, but they don't scare me.
Erin Bruner: But what you saw in Emily that night? It ...
Dr. Cartwright: ...


The prosecutor is only partially correct in that humans have two sets of vocal cords (they are properly known as vocal "folds"). He calls them "duel sets," consisting of the "superior vocal cords" and the "primary ones." They are correctly known colloquially as "true vocal folds" and "false vocal folds." The FVF are called "false" because they are made up of membrane, whereas the true folds have a deep layer of muscle tissue and can be controlled. The FVF can be recruited by powerful airflow and/or by disciplined muscular movements by the muscles surrounding them. However, they cannot be "activated" in the sense that a muscle can, and would not produce a different "voice." At most, some harmonic overtones or vibratory interference (such as that heard in Tibetan chanting) might be heard. The prosecutor uses the term "dual voices" as if it means two separate actual voices, as if "voice" was being produced by two distinct sets of vocal folds, which is not possible in humans. The writers confused it with some individuals' ability to produce two different fundamental frequencies by vibrating each of the true vocal folds at different rates, but the act of forming words is not determined at the vocal fold level, but by resonances created by the positions of the articulators in the vocal tract.

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Opening statement: This film is based on a true story.

Alternate Versions

Theatrical version 119 min. and the unrated version 122 min.


Prelude, Op. 3, No. 2 in C Sharp Minor
Written by
Sergei Rachmaninoff


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Drama | Horror | Thriller

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