Last Letter
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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 research institute. She writes the letter a few days before she knows she and the other Jews in the city will be killed by the Germans. She speaks of her life, her relationship to her son, her love for him, her student life in Paris, her failed marriage. She recounts the reaction of her Russian and Ukrainian neighbors to the arrival of the Germans, the various… More
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© Zipporah Films
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"Primal in its effect, The Last Letter demonstrates the power of language, performance, and narrative to hold an audience spellbound."
‑ J. Hoberman, Village Voice
"It is hard to measure this production by the same standards as a feature film."
‑ Mark R. Leeper, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"A shattering adaptation of one chapter from Life and Fate."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"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."
‑ Elvis Mitchell, New York Times
"Preserves for posterity a superb performance by Catherine Samie."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"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."
‑ Maria Garcia, Film Journal International
"Wiseman's spare, elegant presentation does justice to the complex, passionate performance by the Comedie-Française's Catherine Samie."
‑ Jason Anderson, eye WEEKLY
"In a tour-de-force performance, Samie conveys volumes with her powerful voice."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"First staged by Wiseman with France's acclaimed Comedie-Francaise, it has now been brought to the screen with all its devastating power intact."
‑ Shlomo Schwartzberg, Boxoffice Magazine
"Private grief seems to unintentionally dwarf public horror."
‑ Prairie Miller, Long Island Press
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