The Letter Writer

Synopsis: When a teenager receives a mysterious letter in the mail, she sets out to find the author. It's a journey that will change her life forever.
Genre: Drama, Family
85 min


[instrumental music]

When a is less than zero

and b is greater than one

y equals ab to the x power.

This models negative exponential growth...



[rhythmic noises]

[chanting "Maggy!"]


(whispers) Maggy!




Imagine two transformations

take place at the same point,

a translation and a reflection...

Your daughter's performance has decreased

in the last few weeks.

We're concerned about her lack of focus.

This is the third time

she's fallen asleep in class.

You know, Maggy, you're

selfish and unreliable.

You're just like your father.

All you ever do is complain!

That's the only thing

you ever say, Mom.

You only see the bad in me.

Listen to me.

If your grades don't improve,

and I mean immediately,

you can forget about the band.

Do you hear me?

You can't do that, Mom.

That's the only thing I have,

the only thing I'm good at!

You have a choice to make, Maggy.

And I mean it.

[instrumental music]

Hi, Maggy.

Hey big fella, how are you?


Are you sad?

No, no. I'm actually really happy

to see you, Michael.

I got a few new ones.

Wanna play?

Sure, what you got?

[rock music playing]

(knocks on door)

Turn it down!

[rock music playing]

[music faintly playing]

Bring down the house,

you lost me in shadow

We're breathing it now,

run from the day glow...

[rock music]


[rock music]

Alright, I'm done for today.

Come on, let's play one more song.

We only have a week left.

I don't think we're ready

to do this show.

We have to start playing a real venue

at some point.

Yeah, but let's play

at a couple more parties first.

Might be less embarrassing.

What do you mean by embarrassing?

We're not that bad.

- Come on, Maggy.

- What?

I think we all know why

you are in the band.

I'd better get going, too.

What is his problem?

He's just jealous.

He'll get over it.

[instrumental music]

Is it true what Pete says?


That I'm only in the band

because of you?

He didn't say that.

He doesn't like me and he doesn't think

that I can sing.

Maggy, just let it go.

You have a great voice.

Our music is just kind of different,

you know?

[instrumental music]

[knock on door]

Why aren't you up yet?

School starts in ten minutes.

Get up.

I can be ready in five minutes.

When will you learn to be

responsible, Maggy?

I forgot to set the alarm.

It's not a crime.

I hate math.

My mom's going to hate me.

That's the second test

I've flunked this year.

If you'd just listen to me,

you wouldn't have this problem.

My mom would kill me

if I got caught cheating.

Why would you get caught?

She wants you to get better grades, right?

Oh hey, this will cheer you up.

Tickets are 20 bucks,

but it's totally worth it.

You have to come.

You can bring Jay if you want.

I know the guitarist, so we can go backstage

and hang out with the band.

I bet they'll have great advice for you.

That'd be so cool.

Fred said they're about to sign with

a major label and go on a national tour.

You should really get to know them.

Yeah, thank you, Kimmy.

You're the best.

What are friends for?

See you tomorrow.

[instrumental music]

"My dearest Maggy, I hope this letter

finds you in good health.

I've wanted to write you for a long time.

I'm old now, and I wonder what has

happened to you over the years.

I hope you appreciate your life

and the source from which it springs.

Always remember that you

are beautiful and gracious

and that you are here for a unique purpose.

I know life can be difficult.

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Christian Vuissa

Christian Vuissa (born 1969) is a Latter-day Saint filmmaker. He is also the founder and head of the LDS Film Festival. Vuissa is a native of Austria and served an LDS mission in Leipzig, Germany from 1994 to 1996. He was involved in the making of Pirates of the Great Salt Lake. He was the director of Baptists at Our Barbecue, The Errand of Angels, One Good Man (2009) (originally called Father in Israel), The Letter Writer (2011), The Reunion (2008), and Silent Night (2012). Vuissa was also the original story creator and the director of the 2002 short drama film Roots and Wings about Mexican immigrants to the United States.Vuissa is a 2002 graduate of Brigham Young University's Media Arts program. more…

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