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

(music) [Jazz]

[Foghorn Blows]

[Seagulls Cawing]

(music) I'm in the mood

for love (music)

(music) Simply because

you're near me (music)

(music) Oh, funny

when you're near me (music)

(music) I'm in the mood

for love (music)

(music) Heaven is in your eyes (music)

- [Cawing]

- (music) Bright as the stars

we're under (music)

(music) Oh, is it any wonder (music)

(music) Oh, that, baby

I'm in the mood for love (music)

(music) Mmm, why stop to think

of whether (music)

(music) This little dream

might fade (music)

(music) We put

our hearts together (music)

(music) Now we are one (music)

(music) I'm not afraid (music)

(music) If there's a cloud above (music)

(music) If it should rain

we'll let it (music)

(music) Oh, just for tonight

forget it (music)

(music) Baby, I'm in the mood

for love (music)


You two stay right here this

time in the same two chairs.

Don't even switch chairs.

So, your folks

are currently in...

Switzerland, right?

- Yeah.

- Helen's mother, Lillian...

Oh, she just sent Emily

a postcard from...


Can you just

put your finger here?

Oh, yeah, sure.

Prague is all pink,

in case you didn't know.

(music) I'm in the mood

for love (music)

(music) Simply because

you're near me (music)

- (music) Oh, funny when (music)

- [Chattering]

- (music) You're near me (music)

- [Woman] Here comes Helen.

- (music) I'm in the mood for love (music)

- All that running

has to be bad for a person.

(music) Heaven is in your eyes (music)

(music) Bright as the stars

we're under (music)

- (music) Oh, is it any wonder (music)

- [Helen Panting]

- (music) I'm in the mood for love (music)

- I do think, dear, that, whenever

I get the urge to exercise,

I lie down

until it passes over.

Good morning,

Miss Scattergoods.

[Old Lady] Jerry Dworkin

and his second wife are here,

in what used to be


- Mmm?

- Can I have another finger here?

- Always put your postcards

in an envelope.

- Oh, thank you.

Siren, Daddy! Siren!

- Yeah, siren!

- [Both Giggling]

- [Siren Wailing]

- [Girls Cheering]

- [Man] Hey, Johnny!

- Hey, George!


Again! Again!

Come on, Daddy!



Morning, Helen!

Hey, uh,

how about this?

Uh, A vote for me is a vote

for Loblolly-By-The-Sea"?

- How about this, Ray?

Fix the shower this week.

- The parts are on the way.

- That's what you said last week.

- Last week I was lying because

I forgot to order them.

- Ow!

- But this week it's true.

They're on the way.

- A vote for me

is a vote for you.

- Ooh, oh, that's really good!

You know, you could be

my campaign manager.

A vote for me

is a vote for you."

Whoa! Whoops.

Fix it again, Ray.

[Helen] Here, Emily.

You'll need this.

Mom, I'll be the only girl

at camp bringing a dictionary.

Good. Oh, here, um.

Phone list here. Important.

Mom, bookstore, Dad, home,

car, fax, satellite, Grandma...

You know what? I don't even know

where my mother is. Oh, your monkey.

I just got a postcard from her. She's in

Prague. She says the whole city's pink.

- I wanna go there.

- She never sends me

any postcards.

[Kids Chattering]

- [Horn Beeps]

- Rufus, move. Come on!

[Horn Honks]

- Rufus, move.

- [Panting]

[Bells Jingle]

- [Tape Rewinding]

- [Machine Beeps]

Helen, it's your ex. I said I'd

send the check by the 14th, and I will.

- (music) Only the lonely (music)

- I've got two families

to support now.

- I just can't keep paying

for everything for everybody.

- (music) Know the way I feel tonight (music)

I have bills for the ballet,

jazz, tap and classic.

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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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