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The Letter (2012)

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A playwright who begins to mentally unravel cannot decide if she is at the center of a manipulative plot or simply losing her grip on reality.

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Jay Anania

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Jay Anania
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Winona Ryder ... Martine
Josh Hamilton ... Raymond
Marin Ireland ... Anita
Katherine Waterston ... Julie
James Franco ... Tyrone
Dagmara Dominczyk ... Elizabeth McIntyre
Laila Robins ... Doctor Tynan
Julie Ann Emery ... Doctor Lewis
Eisa Davis ... Therapist
Michael Kincade Michael Kincade ... Detective Roberts (as Mike Lubik)
C.J. Williams C.J. Williams ... Detective Abrams
Vince Jolivette ... Edward
Samantha Sherman ... Natasha
Britt Lower ... Kathleen
Clem Cheung ... Chinese Man
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A playwright(Ryder) who begins to mentally unravel before premiere night. She is plagued by dreams and visions of being watched, but cannot decide if she is at the center of a manipulative plot or simply losing her grip on reality. Written by DemonMeister

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Obsession can blur the lines of reality.

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Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 June 2013 (Russia) See more »

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A Carta See more »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)
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Winona Ryder and Laila Robins had previously co-starred in "Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael" (1990.) See more »

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[first lines]
Martine: I'm not sure I know how it began. But in the midst of a life that I now barely remember, in the midst of those now-forgotten New York days and nights, something happened. I believe it's all true. But it started with a dream.
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References Black Swan (2010) See more »

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Here It Comes
Written and Performed by Brian Jones
Courtesy of BANG Music, Inc.
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The greatest movie you'll ever hate
8 August 2015 | by rooprectSee all my reviews

If you saw the trailer and thought it was interesting then don't bother; you'll hate this film. I mean it. Don't even think about watching.

If, on the other hand, you saw the trailer and thought "oh great, another forgettable thriller about a creepy guy and clueless chick. When will anyone try anything new for chrissake??" then hold your horses because this movie might be just for you.

"The Letter" marks the 2nd pairing of the phenomenal acting/directing team of James Franco and his professor Jay Anania (the first being the excellent film "Vincent" aka "Shadows & Lies"). This time Winona Ryder joins the group and adds her own perfect eccentricity to the mix. Ryder plays the part of "Martine" a playwright who is putting on a production with 5 actors including a shadowy newcomer "Tyrone" (Franco).

As the play progresses, reality begins to wrap itself around imagination and vice versa. Some have compared this to other recent mindbenders like "Black Swan" and "Memento", but I would say this film outshines them all due to Anania's fierce, stylistic approach which really gets into your head. There aren't really any shocks, thrills, chills, gore or other cheapshots to make you spill your popcorn. Instead, it's a very insidious, unsettling visual approach, as well as disjoint audio, that draws you into the mounting tension and confusion of Martine's mentally unbalanced psyche. No monsters or broken mirror shards required. That's one thing to remember about this film: it doesn't stoop to cheap thrills but instead stands by its somber, anti-Hollywood approach.

Something else to know about this film; it moves at the speed of reality, that is "slowly" by movie standards. So if you get bored easily, you might want to look elsewhere. There are scenes of dialogue with actual pauses between people speaking, like in real life, how about that? Sometimes there are periods of silence that might make the audience feel uncomfortable if they're expecting some sort of rapid fire, scripted tit-for-tat. But if you're prepared for a voyeuristic experience of watching other people's lives, this nails it. Don't get me wrong; not a single scene is wasted and there's no fluff or filler. It's just that Anania allows the scenes to breathe a little. The pacing is similar to something you might get in from a European director (Kieslowsky, Tarkovsky, maybe Bela Tarr after a few cups of coffee) and the visual poetry is reminiscent of the Japanese masters Kurosawa & Teshigahara with a distinct, hip, modern look (extreme saturation, contrast and exposure) as you might see in Aronofsky or Paul Thomas Anderson. The overall package is distinctly Anania.

And how can I end this without a word about Franco. Although his role may strike you as being smaller than you'd expect (Winona Ryder is the star), each time he graces the camera it's done with so much poise and confidence you find yourself wondering who would win in a cool-off between Franco & Bogart. Hate to admit it, but I think Franco would win by a hair.


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