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The Letters (2014)

PG | | Drama | 4 December 2015 (USA)
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A drama that explores the life of Mother Teresa through letters she wrote to her longtime friend and spiritual advisor, Father Celeste van Exem over a nearly 50-year period.

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William Riead

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Juliet Stevenson ... Mother Teresa
Max von Sydow ... Father Celeste van Exem
Rutger Hauer ... Father Bejamin Praagh
Priya Darshini Priya Darshini ... Shubashini Das
Kranti Redkar Kranti Redkar ... Deepa Ambereesh
Aapo Pukk Aapo Pukk ... (Young) Fr. van Exem
Mahabanoo Mody-Kotwal Mahabanoo Mody-Kotwal ... Mother General (as Mahabanoo Kotwal)
Kaizaad Kotwal Kaizaad Kotwal ... Archbishop Perrier
Vijay Maurya ... Maharaj Singh (as Maurya Vijaykumar Lalji)
Tillotama Shome ... Kavitha Singh
Mark Bennington ... Graham Widdecombe
Vivek Gomber Vivek Gomber ... Ashwani Sharma
Pravishi Das Pravishi Das ... Dinsha Sahu
Deepak Dadhwal Deepak Dadhwal ... Nicholas Gomes (as Deepak Dhadwal)
Rajendra Gupta Rajendra Gupta ... Atal Rajendra Singhji
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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 epic life story of Mother Teresa

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Rated PG for thematic material including some images of human suffering | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 December 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Le lettere di Madre Teresa See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$700,683, 6 December 2015, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$1,646,574, 24 January 2016
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2.35 : 1
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Goofs

The characters in the slums of Kolkata (then known as Calcutta) pronounced their names in the Hindi way (when speaking in English) and in the Bengali way (when speaking in Bengali). (e.g. Kavitha is pronounced more like Kobita in Bengali) See more »

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Referenced in Midnight Screenings: The Letters/Spotlight (2015) See more »

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(from the motion picture The Thin Red Line (1998))
Written by Hans Zimmer
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A great woman inspired a mediocre film.
6 December 2015 | by subxerogravitySee all my reviews

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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