I've Loved You So Long


I've Loved You So Long

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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.



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Their relationship fractured when older sister Juliette is sentenced to 15 years in prison, two siblings wage an emotional battle to rebuild their relationship, overcome the secrets that keep them apart, and finally express the thoughts that have lain dormant for well over a decade. The moment Juliette was convicted, her parents declared that they wanted nothing to do with her. Now, after 15 years behind bars, Juliette is a free woman and in desperate need of a human connection. When Juliette's younger sister, Léa, is approached by a prison social worker and asked if she would be willing to provide her recently paroled sibling with a place to live, she doesn't hesitate to open her doors and share her home. But Léa is happily married with two adopted daughters, and her husband, Luc, is uneasy with the arrangement. Still, the house is large, the couple is used to having company, and the two young girls are thrilled to have a new aunt. As Juliette gets settled, Léa does her best to make her feel welcome. Likewise, Léa's colleague Michel and emigrant couple Samir and Kaïsha also offer to help Juliette readjust to life on the outside. Along the way, Juliette slowly begins to emerge from her shell and Léa realizes just how much she missed her sister. Perhaps if she can put aside her feelings of guilt long enough to truly understand her sister's plight, these two strangers can finally remember what it means to be family. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for I've Loved You So Long

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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.

    Jan 16, 2009 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

    Rafer Guzman

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  • 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.

    Jan 9, 2009 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • I've Loved You So Long isn't a perfect movie, thanks to the wrinkle at the end but it is so good for so long that it begs forgiveness.

    Jan 2, 2009 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Dec 8, 2008 | Full Review…
  • Despite its flaws, the movie pulls you in with its squarely realistic setting and subdued performances. Best of all is Thomas.

    Nov 25, 2008 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • [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.

    Nov 21, 2008 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for I've Loved You So Long

  • 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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