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Flowers for Algernon, The Miracle Worker, Jackie, Darkest Hour
1941, Over Several Days
A convent school, hotel, hospital, bar, the Kennedy Compound in Bronxville, Washington Times Herald offices, an apartment, ballroom, and the Oval Office.
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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 nuns who runs the school she goes to, asking for help from her father's disappointment in her. 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 and GLORIA (23) plan on how to sneak out again to meet boys, and Rosemary begins to write a letter to her mother, Rose, asking for help, as she thinks her father is very upset with her.
In St. Elizabeth's Hospital, Joe Kennedy Sr. meets with DR. WALTER FREEMAN (adult) who talks to him about lobotomizing Rosemary.
In the Tombs bar, Gloria dances with a boy while Rosemary talks to a British man named ALAN (young adult). When police men arrive, Rosemary abruptly runs out of the bar with Gloria.
Rose calls her daughter, KATHLEEN "KICK" KENNEDY (20’s) at her office at the Washington Times. She asks Kick to look into the lobotomy procedure because Joe Kennedy Sr. wants Rosemary to get one and Rose is concerned. From her dorm room...
OVERALL (STRONG RECOMMEND)
“Letters to Rosemary” is an intimate, soul-stirring biopic depicting the life of Rosemary Kennedy and how she came to be lobotomized. Rosemary shines bright in this as a carefree, young lady who has been sheltered and harshly judged for her disabilities, all to save the family name. Through her letters, she’s able to speak her emotional truth on her love for her family, however, a dark tone settles over this as Joe proceeds with setting up Rosemary’s lobotomy. It gives an inside look to another one of the Kennedy’s and shows how this was the beginning of the end, not just for Rosemary, but for all the Kennedy’s and their grim futures ahead....
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....
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....