Foreign Letters (2014)

Foreign Letters
Type Feature Film
MPAA Rating N/A
Runtime 1hr 40mins.
Genres Drama, Biopic
Keywords adolescence, coming-of-age, friendship, immigration
Status Released
US Release Date
Name Credit Credited as Role Id Sort Order
Ela Thier Screenplay n/a 120778 4000001
Milton Kam Director of Photography n/a 120780 6000001
NIck Buzzell Executive Producer n/a 174 3000006
Terry Leonard Executive Producer n/a 174 3000005
Brant Kantor Producer n/a 3 3000003
Evan Gluck Executive Producer n/a 174 3000004
Ben Insler Editor n/a 172 7000001
Rob Schwimmer Composer n/a 120836 8000001
Lauren Palmer Hair & Makeup n/a 121041 13000002
Eve Cuyen Sound Designer n/a 120915 14000001
Kama K Royz Costume Designer n/a 169 13000001
Virginia Hastings Art Director n/a 183 9000002
Tom Soper Production Designer n/a 164 9000001
Inna Braude Producer n/a 3 3000002
Ela Thier Producer n/a 3 3000001
Jade Gurman-Chan Actor Thuy's "ABC's" Teacher 1 1000005
Virginia Hastings Actor ESL Teacher 1 1000006
Laura Camien Actor Teacher 1 1000004
Daniel Bahr Actor Ellie's Brother 1 1000003
Dalena Le Actor Thuy 1 1000002
Vlad Kochetkov Actor John 1 1000007
Gloria Kron Actor Librarian 1 1000008
Udi Razzin Actor Ellie's Father 1 1000012
Ela Thier Director n/a 2 2000001
Alex Marinaccio Actor Matthew 1 1000011
Paula Le Actor Thuy's Mother 1 1000010
Alan Le Actor Thuy's Father 1 1000009
Noa Rotstein Actor Ellie 1 1000001
Set in the early 80's, 12-year-old Ellie arrives in the US from Israel, coping with homesickness and humiliations in school where she can't manage to fit in. Ellie survives by cleaving to the letters she exchanges with her best friend back home. Life brightens when she meets Thuy, a Vietnamese refugee her age. Slow but persistent, she wins Thuy's trust. The two girls, having both arrived from war-torn countries, find solace and adventure with each other. They become inseparable. Ellie, however, takes it personally when Thuy consistently prioritizes her studies.The two hurt each other, the trust is broken, and their friendship comes to its end. Ellie must give up her efforts to blend in and embrace who she is, in order to win her friend back. As the girls watch the sun rise after yet another sleep-over, Ellie writes her friend in Israel about her new-found wisdom: that not even one's parents, or oceans, or wars, can change the fact that once you are friends with someone - it's forever.