The Letter (La Lettre)
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The Letter (La Lettre)
Veteran Portuguese director Manoel Oliveira brings the events and characters of a famous 17th-century French novel, La princesse de Cleves by Madame de Lafayette, to the modern day in this film about passion and matrimonial virtues. Mademoiselle de Chartres (Chiara Mastroianni) has her first experience of heartbreak when a youth who believes in free love abandons her. One night, her mother's friend Mrs. Silva introduces her to Jacques de Cleves, a doctor of good reputation. The doctor fell in love with the young girl the day he saw her in a jewelry store in the Place Vendome, choosing a… More

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Oliveira exerts a masterly control over his pacing and compositions"
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
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