Private grief seems to unintentionally dwarf public horror.
It is hard to measure this production by the same standards as a feature film.
| Original Score: 8/10
Primal in its effect, The Last Letter demonstrates the power of language, performance, and narrative to hold an audience spellbound.
In a tour-de-force performance, Samie conveys volumes with her powerful voice.
| Original Score: 3/4
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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.
Preserves for posterity a superb performance by Catherine Samie.
Wiseman's spare, elegant presentation does justice to the complex, passionate performance by the Comedie-Française's Catherine Samie.
| Original Score: 4/5
A shattering adaptation of one chapter from Life and Fate.
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.
First staged by Wiseman with France's acclaimed Comedie-Francaise, it has now been brought to the screen with all its devastating power intact.