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Alice's father left when she was a child. She continued to share her life with him in letters that she sent not realising that he never received them. Eventually, they all come back with "Dead Letter Office" stamped on the front. As an adult, she becomes consumed with a desire to find him and takes a job with the Dead Letter Office, convinced that she can use them to fulfill her romantic notions of a reunion with her father. What awaits her at the DLO is far more than that ...Written by
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Three scenes missing from the R4 Australian DVD release. Scene 1: 5secs After Kevin says to Frank Alice is here for the interview Peter cracks a joke to Mary about not being paid more to come here. Scene 2: 1min 20secs After Frank phones Alice to say she has the job we see Kevin show Alice a locked room where all the undeliverable items are kept. Kevin shows Alice his favourite item; a crystal ball. Alice picks up a toy swinging bird and then notices a small urn. Kevin says even Frank couldn't find the recipient for it. Finally they go out and Alice notices a wedding photograph. Kevin says that they don't know how Frank cracked it. He was invited to the wedding after uniting the owners with the wedding ring. This scene is a precursor to the later scene where Frank organizes a group effort to unite a owner with a baby gift. Scene 3: 54secs After Alice checks the Microfiche for the name Urquhart she hears a thud coming from a distant room. She goes to where the noise came from and finds Frank in a large warehouse room with racks of boxes filled with lost mail. Alice says she didn't know there was more. Frank says they get 2,000 a week. Finally Frank says that this job is not a career. Alice says she knows and it's not what she's after. This scene introduces the warehouse room where later in the film you see Alice secretly watch Frank dance without him noticing her. See more »
'Dead Letter Office' is a low-budget film about a couple of employees of the Australian postal service, struggling to rebuild their damaged lives. Unfortunately, the acting is poor and the links between the characters' past misfortunes and present mindsets are clumsily and over-schematically represented. What's most disappointing of all, however, is the portrayal is life in the office of the film's title: there's no mechanisation whatsoever, and it's quite impossible to ascertain what any of the staff really do for a living. Granted, part of the plot is that the office is threatened with closure, but this sort of office surely closed in the 1930s, if it ever truly existed. It's a shame, as the film's overall tone is poignant and wry, and there's some promise in the scenario: but few of the details convince. Overall, it feels the work of someone who hasn't actually experienced much of real life; a student film, with a concept and an outline, but sadly little else.
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