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I've Loved You So Long(Il y a longtemps que je t'aime)

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France, Germany · 2008
Rated PG-13 · 1h 57m
Director Philippe Claudel
Starring Kristin Scott Thomas, Elsa Zylberstein, Serge Hazanavicius, Claire Johnston
Genre Drama

Juliette Fontaine, a former doctor, is released from prison after fifteen years. Her younger sister, Léa, invites Juliette to stay with her family and Juliette struggles to interact with them and find her place in society after so long in prison. Slowly, the horrific secret of why Juliette was in prison comes to light.

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Village Voice by

A modestly satisfying tale of sisterly love weighed down by a history of family betrayal and mendacity.


The New York Times by A.O. Scott

A revelation comes near the end that is both tremendously moving and a bit disappointing, in the way that the solutions to great mysteries frequently are. This turn does not diminish the accomplishment of Ms. Scott Thomas's deep, subtle and altogether stunning performance, but it does alter the scale of the movie, turning it into a more manageable, less existentially unsettling drama.


USA Today by Claudia Puig

Writer/director Philippe Claudel knows just how to structure a character study of this sort, so that key elements and important secrets are revealed over time, piquing our interest. The film is almost like a novel or short story, so one's curiosity is satisfied slowly.


ReelViews by James Berardinelli

The movie's action largely takes place beneath the skin. The pace is slow but not glacial, yet Claudel demands patience. Ultimately, I've Loved You So Long is uplifting, although one might not expect that from the thematic material.


Los Angeles Times by Kenneth Turan

Performances this strong and direction this sensitive make us simply grateful to have an emotional story we can sink our teeth into and enjoy.


The A.V. Club by Scott Tobias

The film deftly sketches a sibling relationship complicated by obligation, guilt, mistrust, and, not least, an abiding love.

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