Review of film: “A LETTER FROM AN UNKNOWN WOMAN” – Obsession is a BAD basis for actions =
Rating: 7.5 of 10 stars.
This was the 7th in the FREE every-Wednesday Summer series of foreign films hosted by the CHICAGO INT’L. FILM FESTIVAL (= CIFF) at the Cultural Center.
… Yes, it’s “DÉJÀ VU” all over again: The subtitled Chinese film is set in the wartime years of the 1930’s & 1940’s &, as explained in a letter a woman anonymously sends to a once-famous writer as she’s dying, it tells the story of a girl who becomes intrigued by his arrival in the area where she lived…
… The letter makes clear that the woman not only is KNOWN to the man, but that he met her a NUMBER of times, & each time made clear he DIDN’T REMEMBER their previous get-togethers. Her chronicling reveals that, as she grows older, her interest in him turns to obsession, & she eagerly accepts his actions towards starting an affair with her...
… That leads to her having a child she never tells him about, & her becoming an “escort” for well-to-do people. World War II & then the Chinese Civil War (between the Nationalists & Communists) intervenes in their lives, & yet they still manage to have periodic meetings with each other. Her fixation leads to a sad but fascinating conclusion.
[ Next Wednesday 7-29-09, the FREE movie is a Brazilian thriller “THE DAY OF THE HUNTER” about drug smuggling. There have been “turn-away” crowds lately, so you’d be wise to arrive EARLY if you want to get a seat! It was announced that this year’s 15-week series will expand to a 25-week series at Chicago’s Cultural Center next year. ]
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