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Mother Teresa (Juliet Stevenson), recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, is considered one of the greatest humanitarians of modern times. Her selfless commitment changed hearts, lives and inspired millions throughout the world. The film is told through personal letters she wrote over the last forty years of her life and reveal a troubled and vulnerable woman who grew to feel an isolation and an abandonment by God. The story is told from the point of view of a Vatican priest (Max Van Sydow) charged with the task of investigating acts and events following her death. He recounts her life's work, her political oppression, her religious zeal, and her unbreakable spirit..
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The letters has some really good moments that really showcased the impact of someone like Mother Teresa on this planet. Certain moments that were uplifting and showed the type of woman she was through her 60 years of helping the poor.
I wish the movie was a little bit better, however. I thought the acting could have used a little more emotion. It seem a lot of times more like someone reading their lines off a cue card than actually acting.
The setup of The Letters maybe at fault. The Letters is about a priest who is trying submit Mother Teresa for sainthood. After witnessing one miracle, he gets a call from the arch Bishop who gives him Letters Mother Teresa gave to him that documented her work from her own point of view.
The movie gives a feel of going from letter to letter. I'm not sure if that was what they met to do or that's just how it ended up, but it made the movie hard to get into on an emotional level.
It's worth it to see how Sister Teresa becomes mother Teresa (especially if you don't know), but it does not pull the stings of your heart like it should.
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