Directed by Robbie Walsh
*note. This review is from a rough cut version and is not the final one that is going to be released to the public
I love movies about Government agencies that screw people over and those same individuals fight back for some sort of justice. Movies like Erin Brocovich ,Philadelphia, Spotlight and Dark Waters come to mind as movies I admire very much where characters fight for what’s right . The Letters is based on a very real scandal that happened in Ireland in 2018 and I loved that this movie opened my eyes to this very important issue facing women. I just wish that it had a bit more focus on what it was fighting for
The movie begins with a disclaimer that the following story is a work of fiction and then gives us a statement about how 206 women got cervical cancer after a misdiagnosed Cerval Check smear test. We than spend the majority of it’s run time with three women who are dealing with this severe issue. One woman has several kids and takes out large loans to support her drug habit to deal with the pain. Another one has a mom who is going through stages of what looks like dementia and lastly. We have a woman who has been fired from her Government job because of her contracting cancer that is the most fascinating story out of all of them.
The woman who lost her job was the best story because it was the only one that establishes conflict. Not only does she need to fight to get her job back but she also has to go against high ranking Government officials who claimed she was not fit to work anymore. Add in the fact that she is Autistic and you not only have a fight for woman against men. You also have a story that fights for the rights of mentally disabled people everywhere too.
The acting from everyone involved is astounding but I never saw any of the characters fight to change their outcome. They all just seemed to accept their fate and all I’m doing is just watching their downfall. I don’t mind that if they tried all they can and there is nothing more that could be done, but no one here really does much. Except for one that refuses to give him a treat as he has asked many times before.
** out of Five Stars
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