La Dernière Lettre
La Dernière Lettre (2003)

In 1941, a Russian Jewish woman doctor lives in a small city in the Ukraine just seized by the Germans. She writes a last letter to her son, a famous Russian physicist who lives and works far from the front lines at a Soviet science… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: January 29, 2003
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

Samie, a leading light in the highly respected French theatrical academy, the Comedie Francaise, speaks with a broad range of subtlety and outbursts of emotion. And those words are powerful.

J. Hoberman
Village Voice

Primal in its effect, The Last Letter demonstrates the power of language, performance, and narrative to hold an audience spellbound.

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Mark R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews

It is hard to measure this production by the same standards as a feature film.

Elvis Mitchell
New York Times

Mr. Wiseman's stubbornness is manifest in his work, and you will fall for the same quality in The Last Letter if you have any affection for his past work.

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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter

Preserves for posterity a superb performance by Catherine Samie.

Maria Garcia
Film Journal International

Through Catherine Samie's extraordinary performance -- she's an actress with the Comédie-Française -- Wiseman seems to conjure the ghost of a living being, and then to record her stalking.

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Lou Lumenick
New York Post

In a tour-de-force performance, Samie conveys volumes with her powerful voice.

Shlomo Schwartzberg
Boxoffice Magazine

First staged by Wiseman with France's acclaimed Comedie-Francaise, it has now been brought to the screen with all its devastating power intact.

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Prairie Miller
Long Island Press

Private grief seems to unintentionally dwarf public horror.

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