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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.
In his hotel room, Joe Kennedy Sr. discusses solutions to Rosemary with his wife ROSE KENNEDY (51).
In Rosemary's dorm room, she and her roommate GLORIA (23) discuss going out again. Rosemary opts to continue working on her letters.
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...
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....