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Winona Ryder is Martine, a playwright who‚s new play is about to premiere in New York. But before the curtain goes up she finds herself plagued by visions and dreams of being stalked by a mysterious man (James Franco). She can‚t decide if she is at the centre of a manipulative plot, or simply losing her grip on reality. The Letter is an intriguing psychological thriller that blurs the lines of reality and imagination.

Josh Hamilton, Winona Ryder
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  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 30 minutes
Starring Josh Hamilton, Winona Ryder
Director Jay Anania
Genres Drama, Thriller
Rental release 3 February 2014
Main languages English
Original title The Letter

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This read like some kind of horror film from the synopsis where I rented it from; when I started watching it, I started to wonder if it was going to be somewhere in the lines of "Black Swan". The plot follows a forty year old playwright who is currently in the midst of writing a play; from the moment a new actor comes along to her small theatre group, her mental state seems to start to unravel.

Looking at the cover on this you think Franco maybe looks a little intimidating, she looks scared, like she may be actually being stalked. This was the way it was actually portrayed in the synopsis, Nothing. The first narrative opens up with the protagonist (Martine) going on about how Tyrone came, and how he 'did something' to everyone, it seems almost foreboding, sinister. I was very mistaken.

This is basically one long tedious drawn out story of a playwright with a very boring life who is periodically reading out excerpts of a poetic and nonsensical letter while disjointed boring events from her theatre life play out...

There is absolutely NOTHING happening in this film. You get to points where you think it all must be building up to something, some massive revelations are going to be coming out soon but really, nothing does. It's an arty thoughtful piece about a woman's mind starting to slowly unravel. I'm all for art films, but I can't appreciate this for so many reasons...

* The editing is very disjointed. Story wise you can't tell what's going on a lot of the time.
* The sound; you can't hear what some characters are saying and I was really dismayed that for some reason there are no subtitles for this. At one point, everyone is talking around a table and I couldn't hear anything...
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This is not a fast-food kind of film,(which I think is why it is getting so many negative reviews here) but definitely one that asks you enter into it and absorb it fully from the moment you press play.
It has an incredibly unsettling vibe which only increases as the movie proceeds. The viewer, like Winona Ryder's character feels half awake , half asleep, stuck in some kind of state between the two. The plot builds slowly and intriguingly but there is a very clear explanation for Ryder's paranoid and severe mental stress which is revealed. So if you like picking up clues and trying to work things out along the way, this leaves you so much room for that.
There are haunting images, the weight and darkness subsides in spite of the rays of light that glimmer through, it will have you shifting uncomfortable in your seat and Franco & Ryder's chemistry is really engaging.
Visually and cinematically , this is a stunning film, faces fill the screen as you watch the dynamics of relationships at play, the psychology of people both manipulate, hypnotise and shatter. We are invited very intimately into the mind of a woman who feels like she is about to break at any moment. A brilliant jigsaw of a piece with an utterly mesmerising performance by Ryder, that will resonate and echo with you , long after you have finished watching.
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This is a terrible film. I can only assume James Franco had a day or two to spare inbetween making proper films, and that Winona Ryder had no work at all. I more or less made it through half the DVD, but have absolutely no idea what the story was about, nor what the director was trying to say, assuming he actually HAD a point and wasn't just attempting to make some very high brow art house film full of symbolism understandable only to him, but without the talent to do so. Much of the story (such as it was) seemed to revolve around poorly shot dream sequences (on a hand held video camera by the looks of it) which may or may not have been true concerning James Franco's character maybe stalking Winona Ryder's who was also writing a totally nonsensical play of her own....and I still have no idea what was supposedly real, nor do I care.
I wish I were able to give a more in depth analysis of Obsessed, but I can't as I was no wiser at the end than I was at the beginning, all I can say is please do not waste your time or money watching this film, you'll only regret it!
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