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A Letter to Dad (2009)

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Dan Donahue has finally met the woman of his dreams. But on the night he is going to propose, he is overcome by deep-rooted anger caused by the father who abandoned him as a boy. Dan ... See full summary »

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Dan Donahue has finally met the woman of his dreams. But on the night he is going to propose, he is overcome by deep-rooted anger caused by the father who abandoned him as a boy. Dan confronts his feelings of bitterness head on as he pours his heart out in a letter to his father. Written by Anonymous

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Janice Lynde won the Palme d'Or Award as Best Supporting Actress at the Cannes Film Festival for her work in this film. See more »

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Divorce ain't pretty
6 November 2016 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Young Thom Matthews looks like he's headed to the altar with Meg Gallivan, but at the last minute he starts to balk and instead writes a letter to his long estranged father who abandoned him and his mother years ago. He asks for a meeting, but as he narrates the letter we get a flashback to his childhood and what dear old dad played by John Ashton was life.

A Letter To Dad is a sincerely made effort talking about the evils of divorce. It's never a pleasant thing, but truly there are some people who make a mistake in their choice of mate.

Of course it's also never easy on the kids if there are any. That's a complex subject and I don't think any film could do it justice. This one tries, but there are no easy answers.

Especially when one is hemmed in by fundamentalist Christian parameters.


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