The Love Letter

Synopsis: The power of words and images to open hearts. Helen runs, miles a day, to burn off energy: she's an emotional celibate. Going through the post at her shop, she finds a romantic and poetic letter between the couch cushions, unsigned, and thinks it's for her. It melts her resistance to feelings, and soon she undertakes an affair with Johnny, a collegiate employee. (He sees the letter and thinks she wrote it to him; he quotes some of it, so she thinks he wrote it to her.) In the background are Helen's long-time friend, George, who loves her, and her mother who abruptly left on a long trip months' before. Discovering who actually wrote the letter brings insight and promise.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director(s): Peter Ho-Sun Chan
Production: DreamWorks SKG
  1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
88 min

- I can't do it all, Helen.

[Machine Beeps]

- (music) Only the lonely (music)

- (music) Know this feeling (music)

- Oh! Sorry!

- I'm okay. My fault.

- (music) Dum-dum-dum-bee-doo-wa (music)

- (music) There goes my baby (music)

- (music) Ba-ba-ba-ba (music)

- How come I'm always on time and

my employees are always late?

- Good morning.

I am not an employee.

I'm your manager.

And we're late because your

idea of on time" is to get here

20 minutes before anyone else.

- How can we be on time

when you're always early?

- Let me start over.

- Good morning.

- Good morning.

- How come you're late?

- I had another date

with the pilot last night.

Couldn't get my seat

back in the upright position.

- (music) Only the lonely (music)

- You know what I'm sayin'?

- [Bell Jingles]

- You wouldn't.

Hi. I have, um,

one bran walnut

banana muffin,

one apricot wheat germ scone,

one iced decaf latte,

one iced cafe mocha...

and one...

one iced double latte.

You didn't, uh, get me

a plain cup of coffee, did you?

Do you think I'll be able to start in on

the sociology section this week, Janet,

because it's filled with

all these really outdated books.

(music) [Hard Rock]

[Man] Look at that kid.

You think he's on dope?

I can give him a citation

for playing that music so loud.

Um, Helen hired him

for the summer.

Looks to me

like he's on dope.

No, he's taking care of his parents'

place. They're in Europe or something.

- Looks to me

like he's on dope.

- Well, gee, Dan,

why don't you train Yeller to sniff out

reefer like they do in the city?

- You know how they do that?

- Do what?

- Train those dogs.

- How, Dan?

Get 'em hooked on it.

[Bell Jingles]


where's my coffee?

- It's over there.

Good morning to you too.

- [Siren Wailing]

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Maria Maggenti

Maria Maggenti (born c. 1962) is an American film director and screenwriter for film and television, who has traditionally created independent films. She was the script editor for the American television series, Without a Trace (2003) and has written many episodes for the show as well, but is perhaps best known for her feature film, The Incredibly True Adventure of Two Girls in Love (1995). Her film Puccini for Beginners was in competition at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2006. She was also an activist with ACT UP for many years. more…

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