I'VE LOVED YOU SO LONG
Heartfelt Drama, Sloppy Story
Release Date: October 24, 2008
Starring: Kristin Scott Thomas, Elsa
Hazanavicius, Laurent Grevill,
Frederic Pierrot, and Lise
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 117 minutes
Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics
Director: Philippe Claudel
Executive Producer: Yves Marmion
Producer: Sylvestre Guarino
Writer: Philippe Claudel
Address Comments To:Michael Barker, Tom Bernard and Marcia Bloom
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The acting by Kirstin Scott Thomas and Elsa Zylberstein as the two sisters is remarkable. Much is communicated by looks and silences. The directing is sure handed. The story, however, is lacking in plot structure and logic. The mystery of why Juliette killed her son is finally revealed at the end after much build up. However, her reason is illogical, and the circumstances contrived. It’s something of a letdown. The movie’s focus is really Juliette trying to re-enter society after 15 years in prison and the reconnection between Juliette and her sister. It doesn’t justify what Juliette did. Instead, it tries to reveal Juliette’s motive, though it doesn’t succeed in doing that.
I’VE LOVED YOU SO LONG is a bit slow for mainstream audiences, though this is common among European movies. There are many long establishing shots and sequences of characters going about their daily life with not much dramatic happening. Perhaps, however, it’s this slow pace that makes the emotionally charged scenes all the more dramatic.
As the characters struggle with big issues of life and death, they never mention God or speak of faith in any way. It’s a world completely dependent on one another and not on God. On a positive note, Lea’s sacrificial care for her sister is commendable. There is some mild foul language and no violence or nudity. There is, however, one scene of implied fornication between Juliette and a stranger she meets in a café.
This is a movie that demands careful discernment.
The acting by Kirstin Scott Thomas and Elsa Zylberstein as the two sisters is remarkable. The story, however, lacks plot structure and logic. The mystery of why Juliette killed her son is illogical and the circumstances contrived. The movie’s focus is really Juliette re-entering society and re-connecting with her sister after 15 years in prison. As the characters struggle with big issues of life and death, they never mention God or speak of faith in any way. On the other hand, Lea’s sacrificial care for her sister is commendable.