The Letters

Theatrical Release: December 4, 2015
DVD Release: March 22, 2016
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Synopsis

Witness the true meaning of love in THE LETTERS, winner of the 2014 Sedona International Film Festival. Written and directed by William Riead, the film stars Juliet Stevenson (Diana, Bend It Like Beckham) in the role of Mother Teresa, Academy Award-nominated actor Max von Sydow (upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close) and Golden Globe award-winner Rutger Hauer (Blade Runner).

Nobel Peace Prize recipient, Mother Teresa brought worldwide attention to human suffering around the globe through her service to the “poorest of the poor” on the streets of Calcutta, India. Embark on a journey to discover her path, as told for the first time through her personal letters. Through her words, we can aspire to be, as Mother Teresa said, “a pencil in God’s hand” – an instrument for good.

Dove Review

“The Letters” is a dramatic and powerful movie which should inspire every single viewer! It is the story of Mother Teresa, via some letters she wrote over the years to a certain priest. The cast includes Max Von Sydow as the priest, Celeste Van Exem. Juliet Stevenson is absolutely wonderful as Mother Teresa, hitting every note just right in her performance, which is a nuanced performance ranging between humility and servanthood to grit and relentless faith.

Mother Teresa teaches in a convent but believes God has called her to minister to the poor in the slums of Calcutta, India. Amazingly, door after door opens for her to accomplish the goal despite several obstacles. Rejected by some at first, she tells them, “I may not be wanted here but I am needed.” She lives a life of prayer and she begins to even win the Hindus over when she ministers to their needs which includes delivering a breached baby. She gives them food, teaches the children to read and write, and even bathes them. She establishes a hospice center so that those dying in the streets can have some dignity in their final hours and be surrounded by faces that care for them.

The story concludes with her receiving the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway, on October 27, 1979. Even then she accepts it to focus attention on the poor and away from her. This touching movie features some intense moments, including blood seen on her clothes after delivering a baby and a man with sores and foaming at the mouth so we are awarding it the Faith Friendly Seal for ages twelve plus. “The Letters” is an inspirational film which could be utilized as a powerful teaching tool, beginning with 12 people in 1950 the ministry has turned into more than 4,000 nuns today who run “Mission of Charity” centers to care for the needy and hurting.

Content Description

Sex: None
Language: None
Violence: Angry people want Mother Teresa to leave their slums at first and let her know it; angry people throw stones at a building Mother Teresa is in.
Drugs: Mother Teresa is instructed on how to give a shot and medical provisions are given to the sick.
Nudity: Shirtless men and boys.
Other: It is stated a beam of light from Mother Teresa's photo resulted in a woman being healed of a tumor; Mother Teresa did walk in dark places in the world and she wrote once she felt abandoned by God; man with sores and foaming at the mouth is seen; blood is seen on woman's clothes on a few occasions, once due to delivering a baby; a few Hindus are afraid Mother Teresa will share her faith in her Christian God; very ill people and death.

Info

Company: CinemaWest Entertainment
Director: William Riead
Producer: William Riead, Lisa Riead and Tony Cordeaux
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 120 min.
Industry Rating: PG
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter