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Letters to Father Jaakob (2009)
"Postia pappi Jaakobille" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  3 April 2009 (Finland)
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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... See full summary »

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Heikki Nousiainen ...
Jukka Keinonen ...
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Esko Roine ...
Vankilan Johtaja
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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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Submitted by Finland to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (U.S.A.) for consideration for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar at the 82th Academy Awards. See more »

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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 »

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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 »

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Minuet in G, no. 2
Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performed by Kathleen Parlow
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small cast with a huge message
10 June 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Very simple story, Leila (Hazard) gets pardoned from jail and gets a simple job and a roof over her head by working for the blind Father Jaakob (Nousiainen). The job is very simple. All she has to do is take care of him which isn't much and help him with his favorite past time which is read and write letters that come to him.

Quickly you learn to love father Jaakob and understand he is just as human as everyone else is. Right off the bat we understand that there is some type of anger stored inside of Leila's head while we also wonder how she made it to jail in the first place. She also seems to neglect every time Jaakob offers some words of wisdom.

The only other supporting character that we see throughout the 75 minute film is the postman (Keinonen). He has seemed to of developed a close relationship with father Jaakob over the years and loves seeing Jaakob's face light up when he delivers the mail. Of course Leila doesn't seem to be to happy with the man on the bike.

It's a simple film. It is much like the simpleness of The Bycycle Thief as of both movies will keep you intrigued throughout the whole film.

Very enjoyable. My rating 8.5/10 or A-


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