Starring: Felicity Jones, Shailene Woodley, Callum Turner, Nabhaan Rizwan, Joe Alwyn, Ncuti Gatwa
Romantic drama directed by Augustine Frizzell. The Last Letter From Your Lover (2021) follows Ellie Haworth (Felicity Jones), an ambitious journalist in contemporary London who uncovers a series of love letters in the archives which tell the story of an intensely romantic but forbidden affair in the 1960s between Jennifer Stirling (Shailene Woodley), the wife of a wealthy industrialist, and Anthony O’Hare (Callum Turner), a financial journalist. As Ellie is drawn into the story, she becomes obsessed with discovering the lovers identities and finding out how their love story ends.
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Ellie: [over phone] Features?
Rory: It’s Rory from Archive, I think I’ve found something you’d want to come and take a look at.
Rory: Uh, is that gum?
Rory: Yeah we don’t allow gum in the reading rooms.
[he offers her the trash can]
Ellie: Swallowed it.
Ellie: Look at this.
Rory: What is it?
Ellie: It’s a letter.
Ellie: While I was researching for my next feature, I came across some illicit love affair, Postmark 1965.
Ellie: [referring to the letter] What do you think you’ll do with it?
Rory: Burn it. No. I’m kidding. Probably just make sure it gets properly catalogued.
Ellie: Don’t. What about trying to track down whoever sent it?
Ellie: Thing is, if you’re going to elope now, you’d probably just send a text. “Hey, babes, meet me at the station if you’re interested, hashtag comewith, if you want to change your life forever. Smiley face, aubergine, road sign, sausage.
Ellie: [referring to the letters] I have to know if there are more of these.
Ellie: These letters, they’re so rich in feeling. And I’m going to have to know how it ends.
Rory: I think I found one
Ellie: Oh, my God!
Woman: [to Jennifer] You have the perfect life. The rich, handsome husband, who adores you.
Jennifer Stirling: Dear Mr. O’Hare, there is never enough time. Never enough of you.
Anthony O’Hare: Dear Mrs. Stirling, know that you hold my hopes, my heart in your hands.
Jennifer Stirling: Dear Mr. O’Hare, you demolished a wall around me I hadn’t known existed.
Anthony O’Hare: What if we ran away together?
Jennifer Stirling: Do you have any idea of what you’re asking of me?
Jennifer Stirling: I’m afraid to love you. I’m afraid that if I let myself go, I would love you so much it would consume me.
Anthony O’Hare: If you think this is even close to anything that I’ve ever felt, then you couldn’t be more wrong.
Anthony O’Hare: I’ll be on Platform Two, on Friday at 7:15PM. Come with me darling. Spare him a life half-lived for a marriage of convenience.
Laurence: [to Jennifer] If you try to leave, I will destroy you.