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Letters to Father Jacob (2009)

Postia pappi Jaakobille (original title)
With few options, newly pardoned convict Leila agrees to work as an assistant to a blind pastor. Father Jacob spends his days answering the letters of the needy, which Leila finds pointless... See full summary »

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With few options, newly pardoned convict Leila agrees to work as an assistant to a blind pastor. Father Jacob spends his days answering the letters of the needy, which Leila finds pointless. But when the letters stop, the pastor is devastated and Leila finds herself cast in a new role. Written by Pusan International Film Festival

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3 April 2009 (Finland)  »

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Cartas al padre Jacob  »

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€525,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

The story is set in 1973, according to the date on the mail-order catalog cover. See more »

Goofs

In one brief shot, the mailbox in the yard has water streaming out from four holes. This water could not have accumulated naturally, so it was obviously poured into the mailbox by the crew just before the shot. See more »

Quotes

Vankilan Johtaja: Twelve years and no mention about leaves. Not a single requisition.
Leila: Haven't had any reason.
Vankilan Johtaja: And no family meetings.
Leila: I have had no reason.
Vankilan Johtaja: Do you have any idea where are you going to go next?
Leila: It was to be life sentence.
Vankilan Johtaja: Pardon has been accepted and that's that.
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References Little Big Man (1970) See more »

Soundtracks

Minuet in G, no. 2
Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performed by Kathleen Parlow
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Sweet, simple and well worth your time.
2 May 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Have you ever seen a movie that just sneaks up on you? You find yourself watching a film that seem okay and then suddenly you realize that it's really a magnificent and moving picture? Well, I sure have and I wish it happened more often, that's for sure. Like "My Afternoons with Margueritte", "Letters to Father Jacob" is one of these sweet pictures. But, because it sneaks up on you, be sure to pay attention and fight that urge to turn it off--it's a terrific little film.

The film begins in prison. Leila has been pardoned for her crime but she refuses to leave! It seems she has no where to go and is content to stay in prison. However, an old blind priest named Father Jacob has requested that she be paroled to him--as a housekeeper. She is not thrilled but has no other options and moves in with the guy. Her job is to do light housekeeping as well as read letters to him. Apparently, he's received thousands of letters from people requesting his advice and prayers and that is his ministry. Leila seems pretty bored by this and even begins tossing many of the letters away and contemplates running. However, she stays and then it happens--the film really goes right for the heart. I won't say more--it would spoil it. However, suffice to say it was NOT predictable, many questions are answered and you should have some Kleenex nearby.

The bottom line is that this film is exceptional--great writing, wonderful natural acting by folks who do not appear to be professional actors (though they are--especially Heikki Nousiainen who has had many film appearances) and the direction was just wonderful. If you don't mind a film without explosions, super-stars or glitz but just want a great film about people, give this one a try---you'll be glad you did!


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