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LETTERS FROM THE BIG MAN
"Indie-pure director Christopher Munch is back, in fine form... [Lily] Rabe's performance is outstanding" -Filmmaker Magazine
"If there is one thing above all that defines [director Christopher] Munch's work, it is a disarming sincerity, a willingness to risk awkwardness and even absurdity by taking seriously an outlandish premise" -New York Times
"Big Man is open-ended and gently playful throughout, and in some ways recalls a more grounded Uncle Boonmee or a less cheesy Trollhunter" -Village Voice
"Remarkable... ingenious" -New Yorker
"Letters from the Big Man sustains its deeply felt love of nature's mystery - and majesty" -Artforum
"Original and affecting" -Hollywood Reporter
"A powerful metaphysical love story with resonance for our times" -IndieWire
Recommended! "It's hard to categorize, both sweet and strange... [the film] casts a rare spell" -Chicago Reader
Recommended! "Graceful, uncynical and transporting, Letters is an original and a beauty"
"Unlike any Bigfoot movie you have ever imagined" -Roger Ebert
"Quiet, absorbing... beguiling" -TimeOut Chicago
Questions of human nature, ecology, and cryptozoology lie at the heart of the latest singular film from writer-director Christopher Munch (Color of a Brisk and Leaping Day, Sleepytime Gal). Recovering from a break-up in the majestic wilds of Oregon, Sarah (Lily Rabe)--a National Forestry Service consultant--suspects that she is not alone. Indeed, she has acquired a particularly secret admirer: a soulful, reclusive Sasquatch. At first, the creature only appears to her in dreams, but eventually it makes telepathic contact and advises, "Only with your open heart will you know us. Only with your open heart will you build bridges." She begins to silently stalk her pursuer and the two begin to learn from each other. As their bond intensifies, Sarah finds she must take bold steps to protect the Big Man's privacy, as well as her own.
Unfolding without a trace of cynicism, Letters from the Big Man exudes a disarming innocence and a genuine sense of wonder. It is a gorgeous meditative piece on a unique relationship, as they help one another move from grief to enlightenment.
Directed by Christopher Munch, U.S.A., 2011, 115 mins.