Samie, a leading light in the highly respected French theatrical academy, the Comedie Francaise, speaks with a broad range of subtlety and outbursts of emotion. And those words are powerful.
First staged by Wiseman with France's acclaimed Comedie-Francaise, it has now been brought to the screen with all its devastating power intact.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
It is hard to measure this production by the same standards as a feature film.
| Original Score: 8/10
Through Catherine Samie's extraordinary performance -- she's an actress with the Comédie-Française -- Wiseman seems to conjure the ghost of a living being, and then to record her stalking.
Private grief seems to unintentionally dwarf public horror.
A shattering adaptation of one chapter from Life and Fate.
| Original Score: 4/5
Mr. Wiseman's stubbornness is manifest in his work, and you will fall for the same quality in The Last Letter if you have any affection for his past work.
In a tour-de-force performance, Samie conveys volumes with her powerful voice.
| Original Score: 3/4
Primal in its effect, The Last Letter demonstrates the power of language, performance, and narrative to hold an audience spellbound.
Wiseman's spare, elegant presentation does justice to the complex, passionate performance by the Comedie-Française's Catherine Samie.
Preserves for posterity a superb performance by Catherine Samie.