THE LETTERS – MOTHER TERESA, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, is considered one of the greatest humanitarians of modern times. Her selfless commitment changed hearts, lives and inspired millions throughout the world. THE LETTERS, as told through personal letters she wrote over the last 40 years of her life, reveal a troubled and vulnerable women who grew to feel an isolation and an abandonment by God. The story is told from the point of view of a Vatican priest charged with the task of investigating acts and events following her death. He recounts her life’s work, her political oppression, her religious zeal and her unbreakable spirit.
The end of the movie states that the Church is loosing men who want to be Priest at a fast clip, but her Group of dedicated Nuns (Missionaries of Charity) continue to prosper. The token conflict mainly deals with Teresa occasionally butting up against a nun who discouraged her from leaving her cloistered order to work in the streets, and persuading skeptical local Indians that she wasn’t out to convert the Hindus with whom she worked to Christianity. But there’s virtually nothing in the story or in Stevenson’s performance that addresses this despair that everyone in the 1990s-set scenes keep talking about. Teresa is simply portrayed as a dedicated servant of God, while whatever internal struggle she dealt with remains told, not shown.
Q-Tips say: We liked it. Mrs. Q says: Mother Teresa will soon be canonized as a Saint. I read the book and it follows closely to what was written except perhaps of her internal struggle. When people ask me “who would be one of the first people you would like to see when you pass away to the great beyond”, my answer is: Mother Teresa.
To those critics who did NOT like the movie, I ask this: “What did you do lately to help someone in need?” Did you take the time to smile at someone who was walking down the street who seemed perhaps down and out, or help someone across the street who needed assistance, or offer assistance to a friend/neighbor/or family member (not just because they have money), or open the door for someone, or give up your seat on public transportation to someone in need?
Not all movies have to have violence, nudity, cursing, raps songs, or have a environmental/racially charged message.