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Letters from my Father

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On her 21st birthday, a woman receives a very special delivery: a box full of letters written to her since she was an infant from her long estranged father.

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Letters From My Father
On the morning of a woman’s 21st birthday, she receives a very special delivery: a box full of letters written to her since she was an infant from her long-estranged father. As she reads the letters, she learns the truth about her father and what really happened to make him leave the family.

Get your Kleenex ready, ladies and gentleman. You’re going to need it for this one.

So, if you haven’t noticed, I usually gravitate towards horror scripts – my reviews tend to be a bit horror-centric. I’m an avid Shudder viewer and I, myself, prefer to write in the horror genre. But a great story is a great story, regardless of genre. Especially when it’s something that truly resonates and affects me on an emotional level. And that’s exactly what Larry Postel’s satisfying tear-jerker, “Letters From My Father” did.

Most families deal with some level of dysfunction, one way or another. But, through the hardest of times, we try to make it work. Unfortunately, sometimes it doesn’t end up the way that we would’ve liked. And, sometimes, it stays with us, all the way through adulthood, affecting how we go about our own relationships later in life.

Even though not everybody has dealt with the circumstances the story’s protagonist, Sophia, has endured, it’s still easy to empathize and relate to her situation.

Sophia has just turned 21 years old. And she is HUNG OVER. To her chagrin, her flawed yet very loving and thoughtful mother, Barbara, wakes her up bright and early. But Sophie’s annoyance turns to pure joy when she sees why her mother has woken her up so early – she’s surprised with an envelope. Is it cash? A gift certificate? Nope, even better.

Puzzled, Sophia takes the envelope and opens it. She wipes her weary eyes to read what’s inside. When she does, her jaw drops…

SOPHIA
Oh, my God! Tickets to Vegas!!

With their flight leaving later that day, Barbara leaves to get her hair done. Excited for the shopping sprees, shows and perhaps a little casino-hopping, Sophia packs her bags while her mother is gone. But her packing is interrupted by a knock at the door.

Sophia checks to see who it is but is met by a mysterious box with a letter taped to the top of it sitting on her doorstep – the package is from her estranged father who she hasn’t seen in years.

Sophia opens the envelope and unfolds a handwritten letter. As she reads it to herself, we hear a MAN – presumably the writer – reading it out loud.

MAN (V.O.)
Happy birthday, Sophia. I’ve been
waiting for this day for many years
now. Twenty-one to be exact.
(pause)
Inside this box are letters I’ve
written to you since the day you
were born…the best day of my life.

For years, she was led to believe that her father abandoned the family. But as she reads through each heartbreaking letter, she eventually discovers exactly why her father wasn’t there for her during the bulk of her childhood. While some of the letters evoke fond memories, shown through some very touching flashbacks, they also evoke some difficult memories, made even more devastating as Sophia discovers the truth – which is slowly unveiled through each letter, arranged in chronological order.

Apparently, this was based on a true story, which makes sense. The characters felt very real – flawed but good-hearted people doing the best they can to deal with the difficulties life has presented to them.

Yes, Letters From My Father will draw some tears. But, though I won’t spoil the ending, it’s the joyful tears by the story’s conclusion that make the painful tears worth the journey – as in real life.

Review by Michael Kospiah
Submitted: June 29, 2020
Last Updated: July 4, 2020

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The Writer: Larry Postel

Larry credits his early interest in writing to his dad, a wonderful wordsmith and storyteller who had an advertising company he aptly named Post 'n Tell. Larry went on to study and work in advertising himself. His love of movies led him to screenwriting, with a focus on family comedy and character-driven drama. A battle with cancer (Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma) in 2012 made Larry more determined than ever to achieve his dreams. In 2019, he had three original spec screenplays produced. THE MAIN EVENT, co-produced by WWE Studios and Netflix, premiered on April 10, 2020 as a Netflix Original. During its first two weeks of release, it was one of the top five most viewed movies on Netflix. HIGH... Go to bio
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