The irony of our present time offers a deepening sense of disconnect and isolation despite the speed and convenience of modern-day communication. Yet in this age, director Thaïs Despont delivers us A love letter: where the simplicity of a handwritten letter invites viewers together through evoking a raw, honest, and relatable intimacy.
In this visual poem, we follow actor Tamara Appleton as she narrates the first love letter she wrote to Despont. Its imagery, paired with a warm color palette, makes you feel like it’s walking you through a dream, quite like how love itself feels. In addition, having Appleton act out the letter makes the film feel like Despont’s response to Appleton herself: an homage to her and the authentic relationship that they share and cultivate.
With this, the letter’s fearlessness in expressing emotions as vulnerable as love roots a personal connection not only to Despont but to her audience. It breaks that fourth wall, enveloping viewers in the warmth and sincerity that love brings us.
Bernice De Gracia
One of Bernice’s fondest childhood memories is picking up a new DVD to watch with her parents every weekend. Since then, she always knew that she wanted to be a creative. Whether it be through the visual, literary, or performing arts, Bernice aspires to lead a career in storytelling. The ardor she has cultivated for film studies, in particular, earned her a bachelor’s degree in Communication Arts from De La Salle University in Manila, the Philippines. Bernice continues on her creative odyssey through pursuing a Scriptwriting certificate at Algonquin College. Yet amid the whirlwinds of adulting, she remains her inner child as an avid film lover.