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Market March 21, 2016
Actor Emma Stone
Producer Steve Golin, Doug Wald, Jarrod Murray, Allard Cantor
Agent SImon Faber, Tanya Cohen (WME)
Manager Allard Cantor, Jarrod Murray (Epicenter)
Production Anonymous Content
Tells the true story of Rose Marie “Rosemary” Kennedy, who received one of the first prefrontal lobotomies which left her permanently incapacitated.
In the days leading up to her lobotomy, Rosemary Kennedy reminisces and writes letters to her family members.
A young woman writes letters to her family days before she is lobotomized by her father.
Drama, Historical, Biopic, Political, Disability, Doctor, Father/Daughter, Female Protagonist, Handicapped, Medical, Non-Fiction, Siblings, True Story
F White 23 Average
Flowers for Algernon, The Miracle Worker, Jackie, Darkest Hour
Several days 1941
Dorm room, hospital, apartment, headmaster's office, Tomb's bar

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ROSEMARY KENNEDY (23) sits in an empty classroom and introduces herself as the slowest of the Kennedy children. She begins to write a letter to SISTER MARGARET (65), one of the sister's who runs the school she goes to.

Rosemary explains her situation, comparing herself to her siblings as she is shown struggling with sledding and various other activities. She explains how hard she tried to do well over scenes of her problems with her studies. Rosemary describes how God sent her a sister whom she loved very much as another Kennedy child is shown being born.

In the headmaster's office of The Sacred Heart Convent, JOE KENNEDY SR. (53) and Sister Margaret discuss Rosemary running away for a second time.

Rosemary begins to write a letter to her mother, Rose, wherein she laments that she is not the daughter her mother wanted, but is happy her mother loved her anyways. She narrates over scenes of her mother being patient with her and helping her through tough moments like her inability to quickly cut her food or hit a tennis ball. She is also seen throwing a tantrum as she is taken away from the home during her mother's birthday party so as...
Reader 1 Comments
OVERALL (Strongly recommend)
"Letters from Rosemary" tells the story of Rosemary Kennedy through the lens of letters she writes to those close to her in the days leading up to her lobotomy. It is powerful and emotional as the memories shared in the letters builds a detailed and easy to empathize with character of Rosemary. The premise is unique and engaging immediately. The structure is mostly efficient, with one scene that does not quite progress the through-line, but still serves to develop a character. The character's are unique and easy to differentiate between. Rosemary's character is well-written and nuanced. The external conflict and internal conflict mesh well in that while Joe Sr. makes moves to have Rosemary lobotomized to make her normal, she too is striving to be normal. This drives her to go with the doctor's for the lobotomy, tying the two conflicts together. The pacing is consistent and assists with the development of Rosemary's character as well as the increasing of the tension. Over all, "Letters from Rosemary" is well-written and moving....
Reader 2 Comments
OVERALL (Recommend)
In “A Letter From Rosemary Kennedy,” the audience follows Rosemary Kennedy, the eldest Kennedy daughter, as she writes letters imploring her family to stop her father from lobotomizing her. The narrative is complex and well structured, with a consistent emotional tension that keeps the audience engaged throughout. Rosemary is a tragic character that is easy for the audience to empathize with and care about, making her story even more compelling. The result is a thrilling narrative that provides a rare glimpse into one of America’s most famous families....