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La lettre (1999)

A well-bred, lovely, spiritual, sad young woman marries an attentive physician who loves her. She feels affection but no love. Soon after, without design, she falls in love with Pedro ... See full summary »

Director:

Manoel de Oliveira

Writers:

Manoel de Oliveira (scenario and dialogue), Madame de La Fayette (inspired by the book "La Princesse de Clèves") (as Mme. de Lafayette) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chiara Mastroianni ... Mme de Clèves
Pedro Abrunhosa Pedro Abrunhosa ... Pedro Abrunhosa
Antoine Chappey Antoine Chappey ... M. de Clèves
Leonor Silveira Leonor Silveira ... La religieuse
Françoise Fabian ... Mme de Chartres
Maria João Pires Maria João Pires ... Maria João Pires
Anny Romand Anny Romand ... Mme de Silva
Luís Miguel Cintra Luís Miguel Cintra ... M. Da Silva
Stanislas Merhar ... François de Guise
Claude Lévèque Claude Lévèque ... Le médecin de Mme de Chartres
Ricardo Trêpa ... Intrus
Alain Guillo Alain Guillo ... Le directeur de Jouillerie
Jean-Loup Wolff Jean-Loup Wolff ... Le médecin de l'hôpital
Alexandre Nanaia Alexandre Nanaia
Marcel Terroux Marcel Terroux ... Le Jardinier
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Storyline

A well-bred, lovely, spiritual, sad young woman marries an attentive physician who loves her. She feels affection but no love. Soon after, without design, she falls in love with Pedro Abrunhosa, a poet and performance artist. He also loves her. She keeps her distance from him, confessing her love to a friend who is a nun and, later, to her husband. Hunger for her love and jealousy consume him; she attends him as he wastes away. With his death, she can marry and express her passion, but what she does and how she explains herself, particularly to her cloistered friend, is at the heart of the film. Glimpses of convent life and of Abrunhosa on stage give contrast and mute comment. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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France | Portugal | Spain

Language:

French | Portuguese

Release Date:

22 September 1999 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A Carta See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France

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Dolby SR

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Soundtracks

Extrait des '3 Klavierstucke D 946
Music by Franz Schubert
Performed by Maria João Pires
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Laughable
9 October 1999 | by Danilo-7See all my reviews

Scarcely worthy of comment, except to say that "Eyes Wide Shut" would have been much better if Tom Cruise's character had a similar fate to Mr. Cleves (to the tune of the high piano note playing over and over).

Although I was enjoying it at first, I began to suspect that something was awfully awry during the drawing room scene where 'the accident' was revealed in the news.

It was all downhill from there


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