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Wicked Little Letters

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Edith Swan (Olivia Colman) and Rose Gooding (Jessie Buckley) make peculiar friends. Edith is a spinster who looks after her mum and dad in the home where she grew up, attends Church every week, and wouldn’t say “Boo!” to a goose. Rose, her next door neighbour, is a single mum (a widow, she claims), Irish, outspoken and likes a pint. Shortly after they have a falling out Edith starts receiving vulgar and offensive poison pen letters. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out who they’re from. And when the anonymous scribe targets other local dignitaries, the whole town is talking…

Based on a scandal that rocked the UK in 1920 (and which, by the by, partly inspired the classic of French cinema, Le Corbeau), Wicked Little Letters is a slyly subversive contribution to the normally staid genre of British costume drama.

It’s a little story, but it’s wicked fun.

Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times

The movie is full of goofy side characters and one-liners, yet elevated occasionally to genuine complexity by Colman and Buckley, who are consistently the best thing about any movie they’re in.

Alissa Wilkinson, New York Times

Director

Thea Sharrock

Cast

Olivia Colman, Jessie Buckley, Anjana Vasan, Timothy Spall, Gemma Jones

Credits
Country of Origin

UK/France

Year

2023

Language

English

19+
110 min

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Credits

Screenwriter

Jonny Sweet

Cinematography

Ben Davis BSC

Editor

Melanie Ann Oliver ACE

Original Music

Isobel Waller-Bridge

Production Design

Cristina Casali

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