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The Letters (2014)

PG | | Drama | 4 December 2015 (USA)
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A drama that explores the life of Mother Teresa through letters she wrote to her longtime friend and spiritual advisor, Father Celeste van Exem over a nearly 50-year period.

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Father Bejamin Praagh
Priya Darshini ...
Shubashini Das
Kranti Redkar ...
Deepa Ambereesh
Aapo Pukk ...
(Young) Fr. van Exem
Mahabanoo Mody-Kotwal ...
Mother General (as Mahabanoo Kotwal)
Kaizaad Kotwal ...
Archbishop Perrier
Vijay Maurya ...
Maharaj Singh (as Maurya Vijaykumar Lalji)
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Kavitha Singh
Vivek Gomber ...
Ashwani Sharma
Pravishi Das ...
Dinsha Sahu
Deepak Dadhwal ...
Nicholas Gomes (as Deepak Dhadwal)
Rajendra Gupta ...
Atal Rajendra Singhji
Asha Kingsley ...
Monica Besra
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A drama that explores the life of Mother Teresa through letters she wrote to her longtime friend and spiritual advisor, Father Celeste van Exem over a nearly 50-year period.

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The epic life story of Mother Teresa

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Drama

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Rated PG for thematic material including some images of human suffering | See all certifications »
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4 December 2015 (USA)  »

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Le lettere di Madre Teresa  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

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$700,683 (USA) (4 December 2015)

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$1,646,574 (USA) (22 January 2016)
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Referenced in Midnight Screenings: The Letters/Spotlight (2015) See more »

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Silence
(from the motion picture The Thin Red Line (1998))
Written by Hans Zimmer
Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
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I am very glad to have seen this film
18 December 2015 | by (Manhattan Beach, CA) – See all my reviews

Disclaimer: I was a small investor in this film (I was cold-called about the film 7 years ago when Bill Riead was in the early stages of making the movie, and decided it was a good project). So I have a small financial interest in this movie.

I add that I am not catholic (nor even religious), and knew little about mother teresa before I saw this film, so I have no connection to the church, or mother teresa's particular cause.

As to the movie, let me start by saying the movie is not a great piece of filmmaking, and has obvious flaws. For example, the narration is stiff and tiresome in places, and the script feels unsophisticated compared to what we're used to these days.

ON THE OTHER HAND, despite its flaws, I found the movie to be quite powerful. I think the professional critics have really missed something here. I find it hard to believe that anyone could watch this movie and not be inspired by what this woman did, under the conditions that she did it. If you don't feel like crying at times, then you must have a hard heart. :-) The suffering of those people was off-scale, as was the personal sacrifice of mother teresa, who had to fight to be released from her cush job as a nun/teacher at a fancy girls school, to give her life to the poorest, sickest rejects of society. We should all be more like her.

I also want to plug some of the acting: I thought Stevenson was strong (within the limitations of the script), but it was many of the Indian actors (previously unknown to me) who stood out as charismatic and excellent.

Bottom line: lower your expectations as to the entertainment value of the film, and go see it for the way it will make you feel. And take your kids -- it's a very good message.


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