Movie Mondays: A Letter to Three Wives
Three beautiful women from a small town begin their days by saying goodbye to their husbands and setting off on a day trip. Before they leave on their boat, a delivery man brings a letter meant for all three of them, written by another woman in their community. She informs them that she has left town with one of their husbands, but doesn’t let them know which one it is. The three friends spend their day worrying, reminiscing on their relationships, and hoping that the letter is just a mean hoax.
The story takes place all in one day, but you experience the characters’ past lives through flash back sequences. A Letter to Three Wives reminded me a bit of The Women, only I was delighted that we actually were able to see the male characters, which in turn enhanced each of the female characters and made their emotions more real to the audience.
You begin to know each the women, their insecurities and fears, and also how much they truly love their husbands, despite any cavalier attitudes they might put forth. It’s like a nightmare come to life for them- one of their husbands has left his wife, and which one is it? You can feel the sad terror that each of the women experience in their own hearts.
This was one of those DVDs I had sitting in my Netflix instant queues for quite a while, a bit worried the movie would be one of those divorce-downers that were so frequently made in this era. But I can assure you, I really enjoyed the movie and it leaves you with a light hearted feeling. I definitely recommend it!