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Foreign Letters (2012)

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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 ... See full summary »






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Credited cast:
Noa Rotstein ...
Ellie Thir
Dalena Le ...
Thuy Le
Ellie's Mom / Herself
Ellie's Dad
Ellie's Aunt (as Daphne Tier)
Uri Thier ...
Ellie's Grandfather
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mrs. Carol
Virginia Hastings ...
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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 Anonymous

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A story of friendships without borders


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22 April 2012 (USA)  »

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Ellie Thir: John loves me, and I love him. But we can't talk. We are...
[flips through her Hebrew/English dictionary]
Ellie Thir: shy.
Thuy Le: Why don't you tell him you like him?
Ellie Thir: I don't like him, I love him.
Thuy Le: Why don't you tell him you love him?
Ellie Thir: 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.
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Not much better than just OK
7 August 2013 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

After watching the first few minutes of this film, I was quite encouraged that it would turn out to be quite interesting and entertaining. Unfortunately, I turned out to be wrong.

The film seems to cover a very short period of time. It begins in summer (judging by how people are dressed) and ends in summer, all while school is in session.

It is basically, the story of a young (12-year-old) Israeli girl who moves to the US. She learns to speak English over the course of the film. She does not seem to change very much (other than learning to speak English) in the story.

The story is, as the summaries explain, the friendship between two non-native American girls in an American school.

I didn't feel there was anything particularly interesting about their story, or that it was told in a particularly interesting way. The promise of the first few minutes was, for me, never fulfilled.

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