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The Letters (2015)

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Critic Consensus: The Letters tries to honor Mother Teresa with an unstintingly positive portrayal of her life and works, but ends up smothering a fascinating real-life story under a bland hagiography.

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MOTHER TERESA, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, is considered one of the greatest humanitarians of modern times. Her selfless commitment changed hearts, lives and inspired millions throughout the world. THE LETTERS, as told through personal letters she wrote over the last 40 years of her life, reveal a troubled and vulnerable women who grew to feel an isolation and an abandonment by God. The story is told from the point of view of a Vatican priest charged with the task of investigating acts and events following her death. He recounts her life's work, her political oppression, her religious zeal and her unbreakable spirit.

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Juliet Stevenson
as Mother Teresa
Rutger Hauer
as Benjamin Praagh
Max von Sydow
as Celeste van Exem
Priya Darshini
as Shubashini Das
Kranti Redkar
as Deepa Ambereesh
Mahabanoo Mody-Kotwal
as Mother General
Tilotama Shome
as Kavitha Singh
Vijay Maurya
as Majaraj Singh
Vivek Gomber
as Ashwani Sharma
Pravishi Das
as Dinsha Sahu
Aapo Pukk
as Young Fr. Van Exem
Deepak Dadhwal
as Nicholas Gomes
Mark Bennington
as Graham Widdecombe
Greg Heffernan
as Nathan Beresford
Kaizaad Kotwal
as Archbishop Perrier
Aiyaz Ahmed
as Father Yadav
Vipin Sharma
as Health Officer
Rajendra Gupta
as Atal Rajendra Singhji
Sohrab Ardeshir
as Cardinal 1947 Vatican
Pathy Aiyar
as Indian Businessman
Rushi Mistry
as Dr. Ahmed
Balaji Vishwanath
as Hindu Priest
Yusuf Hussain
as Archbishop New Delhi
Suhaas Khandke
as Professor John Sanes
Rajesh Kareer
as Bengali Family Father
Brijesh Kakodkar
as Domestic Servant- Arch Diocese
Anil Raiker
as Indian Man in Train
Keshav
as Elderly Male Patient
Meenacshi Martins
as Veronica Gomes
Gabriele Stadtmiller
as Sister Margaret Owen
Suneel Pedneker
as Conductor
Prasheela Achrekar
as Secretary Calcutta Municipality
Saeesha G. Kudtarkar
as Bengali Family Kid
Amey Mangesh Varkerkar
as Boy Eating Garbage
Govind Dhondu Hirve
as Old Man Dying in Tatalia
Kirti Hemant Sawkar
as Indian Woman on Train
Ruth Costa
as Laxmi Bansal
Chaya Sandeep Hoble
as Old Woman Starving
Nanda Nanda
as New Postulant Nun
Beaula Knauf
as Bengali Family Mother
Bibi Cordeaux
as Karen Stanton
Melanie Cordeaux
as Sister Marie
Tony Cordeaux
as BBC Cameraman
Shandy Bollywood
as Father Bawens
Sarah M. Burlet-Bouton
as Young Mother Teresa
Marianne Borgo
as Mother Teresa's Mother
S.S. Shetkar
as Sick Man
Kavita Amerkar
as Sick Woman
Bivas Biswas
as Voiceover Artist
Bivas Biswas
as Voiceover Artist
Robert G. Burns
as Dr. Robert Wood
Umberto Cherin
as Cardinal, Present-Day Vatican
Malani Coomes
as Voiceover Artist
Malani Coomes
as Voiceover Artist
Mohan Deshprahb
as Priest Secretary
Shaswata Falari
as Sick Girl
Sujata Kamat
as Hospital Patient
Maithili Kamulkar
as Bengali Daughter
Asha Kingsley
as Monica Besra
Rustom Jamshedj Mistry
as Dr. Narayan Ahmed
Keshav Nadkami
as Elder Male Patient
Keshav Nadkarni
as Elder Male Patient
Mary Quinn
as Mother Teresa's Assistant
Tim Quinn
as Lord Louis Mountbatten
Anil V. Raikar
as Indian Man on Train
Mukiar Sheikh
as Priest Assistant
Meenacshi Shukla
as Veronica Gomes
David Vickery
as Radio Newsreader
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All Critics (36) | Top Critics (9)

A drama in which belief is reduced to well-meaning but inert treacle.

December 4, 2015 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

Struggles aren't ignored here; they're just surmounted with patience and devotion. That may be a good strategy in life, but it can be static to watch on screen.

December 3, 2015 | Full Review…

A biopic about Mother Teresa could have easily been a self-important slog, yet William Riead's "The Letters" proves a stirring and absorbing if not quite definitive drama.

December 3, 2015 | Full Review…

This Mother Teresa biopic offers Hallmark Channel-grade inspiration of the most sluggish sort.

December 3, 2015 | Full Review…
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Writer-director William Riead offers a highly simplified version of his subject's life.

December 3, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Slow, clunky and not terribly informative.

December 3, 2015 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
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