IL Y A LONGTEMPS QUE JE T’AIME
I’VE LOVE YOU SO LONG


DIRECTOR
Philippe Claudel

SCREENPLAY
Philippe Claudel

CAST
Julie Fontaine: Kristin Scott Thomas
Léa: Elza Zilberstein
Luc: Serge Hazanavicius
Michel: Laurent Grévill

AWARDS
Best Film in a non-English Language, BAFTA Film Award (2009); Best First Film, Best Supporting Actress (Elsa Zylberstein), César Awards (2009); Best Actress (Kristin Scott Thomas), European Film Award (2008)

GENRE
Drama

NEW DISTRIBUTOR !!
SONY PICURES CLASSICS

RUNNING TIME 117’
PRODUCTION France, 2008
RATING PG 13
(thematic material and smoking)
GAUGE 35mm, DVD (color)




““I've Loved You So Long” is the kind of film America's moviemakers have all but given up on. An example of the French tradition of high-quality adult melodrama, conventional in technique but not story, this thoughtful, provocative film is slow developing because it's all about character, about the tricky, fragile relationships that make us human; about, if you really want to get down to it, the reclamation of a soul.”

Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times


The women-in-prison film has a long, glorious and tawdry history; what’s more difficult to pull off is the story of a lady sprung from the slammer. In his helming debut, director-screenwriter Philippe Claudel, a novelist and professor of literature, crafts a solid woman’s picture that, as a wonderful star vehicle for Kristin Scott Thomas, suggests a kinship with Warner Bros. weepies from the 1940s. First seen rather conspicuously without makeup, her skin color resembling three-day-old institutional grub, Scott Thomas plays Juliette Fontaine, a former physician who’s just completed a 15-year jail sentence for murdering her young son (though the reason for her incarceration isn’t revealed until the final act). Her younger sister, literature professor Léa, takes her in, anxiously trying not to upend the snug comfort of her middle-class clan with this new addition. As she reacclimates to civilian life, Juliette slowly thaws, becoming closer with her nieces, but her calm is punctuated by believably spiky outbursts. Scott Thomas gives a remarkably deft performance, being careful not to outact Zylberstein, who particularly shines during a seminar discussion about Raskolnikov in Crime and Punishment. Throughout, Claudel and his cast smartly reimagine melodramatic conventions, creating a film that fully earns its moments of emotional excess.

 

 

 

 

 



 
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