I've Loved You So Long (2008)
Critic Consensus: I've Loved You So Long is a sublimely acted family drama as well as a noteworthy directorial debut from Phillipe Claudel.
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as Juliette Fontaine
as Capitaine Fauré
as Lea's Mother
as Papy Paul
as La conseillère d'insertion
as young Lys
as hospital doctor
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In a few moments the British actress, playing a haunted woman named Juliette, will begin speaking French, but in these moments her face reveals more than any dialogue.
In a profession that routinely casts aside leading ladies when they hit 40, it's a shame a great one had to take her act to France to remind us that actors, like wines, only improve with age.
This is a thriller, though, in the sense that it is a thrill to watch Scott-Thomas give one of the finest performances of the year.
Despite its flaws, the movie pulls you in with its squarely realistic setting and subdued performances. Best of all is Thomas.
[The] final twist undoes the film to some degree, [but] it cannot undo Scott Thomas's performance, one of the marvels of this, or any, cinematic year.
Audience Reviews for I've Loved You So Long
Kristin Scott Thomas puts this film on her back and carries it with her astounding performance as a long lost sister, returning to her family after incarceration for a crime that, sorry, I can't tell you before you watch the movie. The story keeps you watching based on one question: why? Everything you see, you don't know why it's happening, but as the story moves forward, you get new information that keeps you looking backward, assembling the events yourself. It's kind of like you're a member of the family as well, having little breakthroughs along the way. Some reviewers have called this manipulative, but I would say it's quite the opposite, a good story well told. It's an honest and original film that should not be missed.
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.
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.
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