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Old and new friends intersect in coming-of-age story

Posted on: February 24, 2013

The year is 1982.  Ellie, a 12 year-old Jewish girl from Israel has just immigrated with her family to Connecticut.  She is homesick and lonely.  The one bright spot is her mail (not e-mail) correspondence with her best friend back in Israel.

The Murphy Library is showing Foreign Letters, a coming-of-age story about the intersection of old friends and new ones from Film Movement this Thursday at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.  Running time is 100 minutes and the film is shown in English, Hebrew and Vietnamese with English subtitles.  The film is not rated but would be appropriate for middle school students and up.

Life at school is not easy for Ellie.  She is shunned by the other students and struggles with her new language.  Then she befriends a fellow immigrant, Thuy, a quiet Vietnamese girl intently studying for the SATs — in 6th grade no less.  Call 837-2417 for details.

Trailer from Foreign Letters


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