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Foreign Letters

By Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Subtitled coming-of-age drama explores girl friendship.

Movie NR 2012 100 minutes
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FOREIGN LETTERS is a beautifully executed, nuanced, and thoughtful exploration of the immigrant experience told through the friendship of 6th grade girls. It's quiet and funny, and shows the quirks of American culture through fresh eyes, while also addressing the complex challenges of cultural and socioeconomic differences. In spite of the specificity of these cultural narratives, the film tells a powerful, universal story about friendship.

Kids who are old enough to read subtitles and have the patience for a multicultural family yarn will enjoy the universal aspects of the featured friendship, from their crushes on boys to prank calls to secret codes. Parents can appreciate that the depictions of these cultural identities are handled with sensitivity and grace, and a refreshing realism not often seen in stories about young girls.

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