A bittersweet coming-of-age film, Foreign Letters is itself a love letter to the unshakeable bond between friends. Set in the pre-email era of the 1980s, young Ellie, newly arrived to the US from Israel, anxiously waits for letters from her best friend back home. Suffering from homesickness, language difficulties and rejection at school, life brightens when she meets Thuy, a Vietnamese refugee her age. As the two bond and become inseparable, they eventually hurt each other, and Ellie must find a way to restore their trust. Based on director Ela Thier's personal immigration experience, Foreign Letters is a film about poverty, prejudice, shame, and the healing power of friendship. Written by
A story of friendships without borders
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John loves me, and I love him. But we can't talk. We are...
[flips through her Hebrew/English dictionary
Why don't you tell him you like him?
I don't like him, I love him.
Why don't you tell him you love him?
It's sad. I want to say it to him, and he wants to say it to me. But we can't. We are shy.