Letters to Father Jacob
With few options, newly pardoned convict Leila agrees to work as an assistant to a blind pastor. Father Jacob spends his days answering the letters of the needy, which Leila finds pointless. But when the letters stop, the pastor is devastated and Leila finds herself cast in a new role.
Letters to Father Jacob is a Swedish film that is really in the long and wonderful tradition of Ingmar Bergman. It is basically a two-character study that starts with a woman who’s getting out of prison who had no visitors for 12 years. She worked for what turns out to be a blind clergyman out in the country who needs someone to answer his letters. And I don’t want to tell you too much about this, because I want it to unfold for you the same way that it unfolded to me, which is beautiful cinematography. Each frame is almost like a Wyatt painting, but also a character study of two people that you genuinely fall in love with. This is a five star movie.