Olive Films | Release Date: October 8, 2010
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jeremypJun 8, 2011
A sparse movie set in Finland's bleak countryside. A tough, arrogant, disdainful woman is freed from prison and is offered work helping a priest with his correspondence. He is blind physically, and she is blind morally. His affliction isA sparse movie set in Finland's bleak countryside. A tough, arrogant, disdainful woman is freed from prison and is offered work helping a priest with his correspondence. He is blind physically, and she is blind morally. His affliction is permanent, hers..... well that's what the movie will lead us to. There are 3 actors, all connected by the mail. Only one treasures it, and that is Father Jakob who dispenses sage biblical advice to parishioners along with charity. The parolee is disdainful, and throws much of his mail away to lessen her task (reading and responding), but the priest's sanctity wears her down. Then there is the mailman who is frightened of the parolee ( a murderer) and soon he avoids coming altogether. When it turns out the mail to the Priest is actually drying up the parolee makes up her own letters, and in effect confesses her crime and it's context to father Jakob who gives her a gift that saves her.
It's a powerful, simple morality tale, and while we know where it's probably headed the journey is worth taking.
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jibbonJul 26, 2013
A film of beautiful stillness and emotional clarity. Not a journey of narrative surprises or superficialities; just forceful performances on a story of catharsis that filled our whole house with serenity.
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