Your lover’s last letter (13+, 110 minutes) Directed by Augustine Frizzell ***
Ellie Haworth (Felicity Jones) might write about relationships, but building her own isn’t exactly her forte.
Burned by a “soul-destroying” rupture, her last one-night stand ends with her mistakenly asking him to leave her own apartment, while she is continually mistaken for her name. Ellie’s bad mood even makes her co-workers at The London Chronicle complain that she has lost her passion and spark.
Her latest commission doesn’t exactly inspire her either, an obituary for the newspaper’s oldest women’s editor. Sticking to the archivist Rory (Nabhaan Rizwan) and the bureaucracy of the office which means he can’t scour everything he wants, it’s not until he finally enters the record room that his interest finally wakes up.
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Apparently secreted in the pages of a book is a handwritten declaration of love from “Boot” to “J”. Praying for J to flee with them to New York, the writer asks them to meet on a railroad platform at a specific time. Within her few words that recounted dancing all night to Alberto and snatching hours and minutes where they could, Ellie deduces that the couple surely weren’t married to each other.
Sharing their findings with Rory, the couple begins a desperate search for more correspondence, tries to solve the mystery of who the couple was, and lives with the hope of being able to reunite one or both with the letter written with love.
Film fans of a particular vintage may remember a 2002 film starring Gwyneth Paltow and Aaron Eckhart with a similar premise. Written and directed by Neil LaBute (and based on AS Byatt’s 1990 novel), Possession I saw that couple playing a couple of literary scholars investigating the complicated relationship between two Victorian-era poets. Crossing between periods of time, he was never really convinced as a romantic drama, feeling breathless and suffering.
Although it is affected by some similar conditions, that of director Augustine Frizzell (wife of Pete’s devil i A ghost story helmer David Lowery) adaptation of Jojo Moyes’ 2008 book that comes to life in scenes set in the mid-1960s. There, thanks to a production design perfect for the tone, punctuation costume scenes and clever scripts by screenwriter Nick Payne (The sense of an end) and Esta Spalding (TV Masters of Sex), viewers are transported to another time and place, and as invested in the romantic mystery as Ellie and Rory are.
Credit for this should also be for Shailene Woodley (Drifting) and Callum Turner (screenwriter for Eleanor Catton last year Emma.), who are quite compelling as lovers seemingly crossed stars.
Unfortunately, while Jones (The theory of everything) i Rizwan (1917) have their moments, their characters feel subscribed to, a more acute fate that Joe Alwyn suffers from (The favorite) seemingly callous socialist husband of the 60s.
Despite also being memorable for having presented one of the final performances of Fire trucks Ben Cross, Last letter from your lover it doesn’t have the spirit, the emotional roller coaster or the really appealing contemporary opportunities that lifted cinema’s only other attempt to adapt the much-loved Moyes – in 2016 Me before you.
Your lover’s last letter is now available to play on Netflix.