‘The Last Letter From Your Lover’ Review: Relationship History

In Augustine Frizzell’s “The Last Letter From Your Lover,” ladies have difficult relationships to their pasts — in additional methods than one.

After surviving a collision, Jennifer Stirling (Shailene Woodley), a socialite wedded to a distinguished English diplomat (Joe Alwyn), loses her reminiscence. Jenny’s frazzled by her husband’s stuffy demeanor — is she alleged to be in love with this man? — but everybody insists she used to steer a charmed existence. Skeptical, Jenny units out to uncover the thriller of her personal life, unearthing a P.O. Box and a set of affection letters hidden away in her husband’s examine.

From Jenny’s gilded 1960s milieu, we’re dumped into present-day London the place a bedraggled journalist, Ellie Haworth (Felicity Jones), comes throughout the identical letters whereas conducting analysis. A workaholic and reeling from a foul breakup, Ellie numbs the ache with messy one-night stands, although an enthralling archivist (Nabhaan Rizwan) chips away at her defensive veneer.

As each ladies step by step piece collectively the reality of their separate however interwoven timelines, the dreamy origins of Jenny’s affair with a reporter, Anthony O’Hare (Callum Turner), come into focus.

Adapted by Nick Payne and Esta Spalding from Jojo Moyes’s prolonged 2010 novel of the identical identify, “The Last Letter” is a compressed model of the romantic epic that cuts away all of the tough edges, and with them, the longing and languorous emotions that uncontrollable ardour entails. In brief, it too effectively glosses over a number of plotlines to have a lot of an emotional affect. What stays are principally generic beats.

Still, the method is engrossing sufficient, and its midcentury classic attraction — the pillbox hats, headscarves and swanky soirees — is especially seductive.

Ultimately, the previous and current converge, yielding not a lesson on how radically completely different ladies overcome their painful histories, however a cheerful ending concerning the common energy of affection — or no matter.

The Last Letter From Your Lover
Not rated. Running time: 1 hour 50 minutes. Watch on Netflix.