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Martine Jamison (Winona Ryder) is a NY theatre director beginning rehearsals for a new play starring her boyfriend Raymond (Josh Hamilton) opposite a young beauty. They are joined by an unknown newcomer, Tyrone (James Franco), who develops a peculiar fascination with Martine and is openly hostile to all others. As rehearsals continue, Martine has periods of disorientation that quickly deteriorate into vivid hallucinations as she becomes convinced someone is trying to poison her. As Martine's mental state devolves she begins to rewrite her play.and art and life become inseparable.

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: September 25, 2012
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008JQGR2M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,096 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Customer Reviews

2.3 out of 5 stars

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Thomas M. Sipos VINE VOICE on November 14, 2012
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What a mess! No real story, just a collection of confused and confusing, disjointed scenes.

What was writer/director Jay Anania not thinking?

Winona Ryder portrays a playwright who is apparently going insane. How much is in her mind? What's real and what's not? Has she been drugged? Or not? Many possibilities are suggested, but we never really learn any answers. I suppose that's meant to be profound?

THE LETTER has many closeups, and even extreme closeups. Yes, Winona Ryder looks lovely in her closeups. If you want a collection of Ryder images for your screensaver, then this is the DVD for you. But if you want a film that's entertaining, or even coherent, you must look elsewhere.

As in many of her past films, Ryder: 1. Does voiceovers, 2. Plays a writer, 3. Plays a Crazy Girl.

Alas, ever since her excellent Girl, Interrupted, Ryder's too often been typecast as The Crazy Girl. She sometimes plays other types (e.g., the also excellent When Love Is Not Enough), but isn't often enough given the chance.

And what an awful title -- THE LETTER. So generic. The IMDB lists 28 films titled THE LETTER just since 2006.

THE LETTER actually reminded me of the much better Nightmares (Totally Uncut & Uncensored), a 1980 slasher film, because NIGHTMARES is set amid a really bad, pretentious play, much like that in THE LETTER. Except that NIGHTMARES parodies the sort of pretentiousness found in THE LETTER.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By MARTINA MARTINEZ on December 2, 2012
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I didnt dislike this movie but i didnt love it. i'd say i'd watch it again to get a better understanding but i dont want to....ever.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark D. Prouse on August 25, 2013
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Five very attractive actors make love to the camera... A tedious play within a tedious movie... Visual beauty abounds... Coherence does not...

I bought this movie by accident ... rather, I chose not to return it when it arrived in the mail instead of the Bette Davis movie of the same title I thought I had ordered. It looked interesting so I kept it, and finally I decided to give it a viewing. Too bad I opened the package, thereby sabotaging my opportunity to return it...

Still, there are intriguing ideas contained within this mess of a movie... if only writer/director Jay Anania had figured out how to clearly convey what he wanted to say, and had made more of an effort at plotting (and given it the serious shot of adrenaline it needed)... there is a fascinating picture struggling to be released from this footage! Although I can't recommend this work, I have to admit that I couldn't stop watching. I was waiting for something to happen that made sense, and I think I got at least a portion of the idea, but it was too little, too late. This was a tragic waste of talent, because it's all on display here: good acting, gorgeous photography and appropriately moody music. But the sum did not equal the promise of the parts.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By James Kerr on November 23, 2012
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So we waited, and waited, but about a half hour into this gave up. Boring. Always. Not one interesting scene or conversation. So painful .
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J on May 3, 2013
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I enjoyed the simplicity of this movie with a cast of talented actors and their dedication to making the film as real and quirky and strange as it came off. I also liked the general foreplay throughout, leaving the audience waiting for what the heck was going on with Winona's character. It was entertaining and everyone played their parts well..it got strange and offputting at the end, but all in all, I recommend seeing it at least once.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By La' Bookchic on October 23, 2012
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This movie was sooo bad, it doesn't even rate a 1 star but the system wouldn't let me give it less than 1. I usually enjoy Winona Ryder's & James Franco's movies but this was so slow and didn't make any kind of sense. Really surprised that these two big actors would even do this film. What a disgrace to their profession! Don't waste your time or money! :o((
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Tracey L. Ross on April 1, 2013
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This is a wonderful film that is not for everyone. I would think that it's niche would be actors
and other artist who would have insight into the creative process. I found it mesmerizing, so
affecting, horrific and terribly sad at the same time. You don't know until the last minutes
what is truly going on, at which time you realize you've been watching a horror movie with a
monster so relentless, so cruel, so vicious and conscienceless that it takes your breath away.

I haven't been able to stop thinking about this film since I watched it and will watch it again.
For those who attempt it, remember that the craft of acting is not about the "lines", it's about
the subtext, the inner monologue and what is not said.

This movie is more than "The Black Swan". If anything, this is "The Black Swan" meets "The Sixth Sense".
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Budas Root on January 7, 2014
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Here is another atmospheric, nuanced, mature psychodrama from the perceptive and skillful Anania -- and you'd only be human to be stifling a yawn about now. Actually it's riveting, the way Altman and Hartley can be riveting, but just because Anania knows his stuff won't mean that anyone will care. He does know his stuff though; this is the most accurate of the many recent films to tackle schizophrenia, and it's also the most accurate about "theater people." But we're still in the very outer margins of fringe culture here, and not even Altman or Hartley at their most subtle ever seemed to flirt so heavily with complete irrelevance. Like recreating the Sistine Chapel in frosting on a carrot cake. So, I'm still rooting for Anania, as I have been since Her Name Is Carla if not before, but more like the way I root for certain esoteric indie bands, in full acceptance of the fact that they're never going to record Stairway to Heaven, not even by indie standards.
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