Ela Thier

A Young Girl’s Reverse Aliyah

`Foreign Letters’ captures friendships and tensions of Israeli pre-adolescent’s move to U.S.

07/31/2012
Special to the Jewish Week

The lessons imparted by “Foreign Letters,” the debut feature of Israeli-American director Ela Thier, are ones that will be familiar to anyone who has gone through the tweener-girl film canon of titles like “Mean Girls,” and similar television tales. It’s not exactly controversial to argue in favor of loyalty to friends, self-defense against class bullies of any gender and a vaguely liberal disdain for the rudely arrogant rich.

Ellie (Noa Rotstein) and Thuy (Dalena Le) in Foreign Letters.
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