I’ve Loved You So Long


(out of 5)

Original title:  Il Y A Longtemps Que Je T’Aime

Family drama explodes in different directions when , giving her most powerful performance since The English Patient, is released from prison after fifteen years for a crime that we learn about as the film progresses. Her sister (, equally brilliant) has her stay with her and her husband and two children until she can get herself set up, hoping to recreate a relationship with a sister she lost to prison when she was only a teenager. What we find out about the two of them, their families and the truth about Scott Thomas’ incarceration plays out with subtle coldness in a film that reveals its characters in the most naturally precise fashion (not something the French have been unknown to do in the past). Philippe Claudel’s plotting is a bit erratic, moving in one steady direction but not always with full confidence; it does build to a terrific climax though, and the work being done by the two leads makes it well worth the view.

UGC YM, Integral Film, France 3 Cinéma, UGC Images, Sofica UGC 1, Sofica Soficinéma 4, Fonds Eurimages du Conseil de l’Europe, Région Lorraine, Ville de Nancy, Communaute Urbaine du Grand Nancy, Canal+,

France/Germany, 2008

Directed by

Screenplay by Philippe Claudel

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Berlin Film Festival 2008.  

Golden Globe Awards 2008

Toronto International Film Festival 2008

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