I've Loved You So Long

2008, Drama, 1h 57m

129 Reviews 10,000+ Ratings

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I've Loved You So Long is a sublimely acted family drama as well as a noteworthy directorial debut from Phillipe Claudel. Read critic reviews

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After serving 15 years in prison for killing her young son, Juliette (Kristin Scott Thomas) moves in with her younger sister, Lea (Elsa Zylberstein). Though Lea has built a comfortable family life in the years since Juliette went away, she is still affected by her sister's terrible crime. Meanwhile, world-weary Juliette attempts to get past the years of estrangement and reconnect with Lea.

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  • Mar 10, 2012
    Strong character study. Kristin Scott Thomas is terrific as a woman who just spent 15 years in prison. She is cold and mysterious. What she's done and why is reavealed at the right time. This is the first film from author Philippe Claudel and it all feels like a book, which is a compliment in this case. I recommend this powerful drama.
    Hugo S Super Reviewer
  • Feb 06, 2011
    a powerful film with wonderful performances, a masterful screenplay, and near perfect direction by claudel. the final scene is absolutely masterful, evoking wonder at the beauty of creation as well as sympathy for the struggles of the characters at a level rarely achieved in film. the themes in the film seem executed perfectly, and the subject matter unique enough that ive never seen a film quite like it. a great film.
    danny d Super Reviewer
  • May 02, 2010
    A quiet drama. After 15 years in prison, Juliette Fontaine comes back into the community. She has to reconnect with her sister, the world and more important; herself. One look in those empty sad eyes and you can't help but feel deeply moved; what happened to this woman, what is her story? Kristin Scott Thomas was amazing.
    Saskia D Super Reviewer
  • Apr 17, 2010
    Philippe Claudel's debut film, "I've Loved You So Long," could have been great, but it's saturated with a bourgeois, PBS-type tone that drains most of the drama away. The story also has a tendentious, journalistic quality, being more a vehicle to raise questions about social issues than tell stories about actual people. It's too pat. When we meet the main character, played a bit too flatly and morosely by Kristin Scott Thomas, she is reconnecting with her sister. Little by little, startling details about her are revealed, such as that she was just recently released from prison. I cannot discuss any more of the story without revealing the plot surprises, so I'll just say that the big question hanging in the air throughout the film is how good people can do horrific things. Then some surprises at the tail end raise even more topical social issues. By the end, I felt like I was reading a feature story in the New York Times instead of watching a film.
    William D Super Reviewer

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