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Letters to Father Jacob

Letters to Father Jacob
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 15 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: March 8, 2011
  • Originally Released: 2009
  • Label: Olive Films
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 2.35
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - Finnish
    • Subtitles - English

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Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 13


User Ratings: 561
Rating: 2/4 -- Transforms a picture-postcard location and odd-couple narrative into a pretty, and pretty predictable, snooze.
New York Times
Oct 8, 2010
Rating: 5/5 -- A lean and intensely focused spiritual drama about faith, the dark night of the soul, and the redemptive power of love. Full Review
Spirituality and Practice
Oct 11, 2010
Härö might rely too heavily on cliché, and Nousiainen’s expression is relentlessly sad, but that’s not to say Härö isn’t genuine in his aspiration to engage grand themes. Full Review
Moving Pictures Magazine
Oct 12, 2010
Rating: 4/5 -- It's a story of faith expressed with simple grace and the small deeds of a pardoned sinner still searching for forgiveness. It is like a minimalist stage play -- three acts, two characters, quietly redemptive. Full Review
Los Angeles Times
Oct 14, 2010
Rating: 2/5 -- There's only one thing worse than a leaden moral fable that tackles issues of forgiveness with sledgehammer contrivances, and that's one that attempts to mask its manipulative corniness with an air of trumped-up gravity. Full Review
Time Out
Oct 6, 2010
Rating: C+ -- Finland's Oscar entry is a mildly engaged melodrama about unexpected role reversal. Full Review
Jun 19, 2011
There's a sparse elegance to writer-director Klaus Härö's Letters to Father Jacob, a lean, engrossing character study about loneliness, redemption and the power of faith. Full Review
L.A. Weekly
Oct 14, 2010

Product Description:

A cold-blooded killer-cum-ex-convict finds grace and freedom from rage for the first time in her sad life in this gently wrought, subtle drama from Finnish director Klaus Härö. Murderer Leila (feminist writer Kaarina Hazard) experienced an overwhelming shock when the courts pardoned her following the first 12 years of a life sentence. At the suggestion of the prison warden, she ventures off to the modest, slightly dilapidated parsonage of a local cleric, elderly Father Jacob (Heikki Nousiainen). Jacob is rapidly losing his eyesight and therefore badly needs an assistant to help him compose letters to the parishioners who write to him and ask for his help. Leila perceives the letter-writing as silly and pointless, but humors the old man; in time, she finds the experience to be a source of nearly limitless personal renewal and spiritual redemption.


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  • UPC: 887090027106
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