I've Loved You So Long

I've Loved You So Long

I've Loved You So Long

French drama about a doctor (played by Kristin Scott Thomas, The English Patient, Gosford Park), just released from prison, dealing with her new freedom and a rediscovered family. 

Carrying some major emotional baggage and a terrible secret, she is invited to live with her sister Léa (Elsa Zylberstein), her husband Luc (Serge Hazanavicius), their two adopted Vietnamese daughters and Luc’s mute father (deprived of speech by a stroke). Tensions simmer as Juliette struggles to fit back into normal life, but her relationships with the two children, Lea’s friend Michel and the silent Papy Paul begin to bring her out of her emotional cocoon.

This is the debut feature from French novelist Philippe Claudel. Read our interview with Mr Claudel here.

Prize Of The Ecumenical Jury - Berlin Film Festival
Reader Jury of the Berliner Morgenpost - Berlin Film Festival
European Film Awards - Best Actress (Kristin Scott Thomas)
2008Rating: M117 minsFranceFrench with English subtitles
DramaMystery

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Reviews & comments

Outstanding and thought provoking

This movie has all the twists and turns imaginable, and I loved the way that the plot was slowly unfolded at each twist or turn. As each plot unfurled a light went on the plot that made the viewer go aahhh or wow, and yes tissues are a pre-requesite Brilliant acting and accolades to the director and producer for a masterpiece in story telling

4.0

Powerhouse from Thomas, not from the editor

This film is a good one, but ends up being more a good example of the issue with writer/director movies where too much control is in one person's hands and the editor isn't given enough independence. Long, lingering, and unnecessary scenes should have been cut, and others expanded a little. All in all it's a bit disjointed, or maybe it's just French. The...

3.0

A Triumph for Kirsten Scott Thomas

A very taut plot. Not a sentence of dialogue to be missed as the story unfolds. Brilliant development of Scott Thomas's character. A truly brilliant performance by Scott Thomas in her second or other language. She has long left behind her performance in "The English Patient" as the high point of her career and expanded her repertoire of films over many...

4.0

OK

Flicks reviewer does get it pretty right with his "Deceptive film" comment, but not a scorcher.

3.0
Variety

Variety

press

A movie that is utterly engrossing despite being, on the surface, about very little.

Total Film

Total Film

press

A climactic revelation that will leave no hankie unwrung.

4.0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

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.

Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

This is one of Kristin Scott Thomas' most inspired performances.

Otago Daily Times

Otago Daily Times

press

However drawn out and grey the film is, I've Loved You So Long is still a haunting portrait of dislocation and easily Scott-Thomas' finest moment.

4.0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

French family drama-cum-psychological thriller features a brilliant performance from a famous beauty.

4.0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

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

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A scintillating drama about pain and healing made with intelligence and compassion.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Compelling and deeply authentic film-making with a stellar performance from Scott Thomas.

4.0
Variety

Variety

press

A movie that is utterly engrossing despite being, on the surface, about very little.

Total Film

Total Film

press

A climactic revelation that will leave no hankie unwrung.

4.0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

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.

Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

This is one of Kristin Scott Thomas' most inspired performances.

Otago Daily Times

Otago Daily Times

press

However drawn out and grey the film is, I've Loved You So Long is still a haunting portrait of dislocation and easily Scott-Thomas' finest moment.

4.0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

French family drama-cum-psychological thriller features a brilliant performance from a famous beauty.

4.0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

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

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A scintillating drama about pain and healing made with intelligence and compassion.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Compelling and deeply authentic film-making with a stellar performance from Scott Thomas.

4.0

Outstanding and thought provoking

This movie has all the twists and turns imaginable, and I loved the way that the plot was slowly unfolded at each twist or turn. As each plot unfurled a light went on the plot that made the viewer go aahhh or wow, and yes tissues are a pre-requesite Brilliant acting and accolades to the director and producer for a masterpiece in story telling

4.0

Powerhouse from Thomas, not from the editor

This film is a good one, but ends up being more a good example of the issue with writer/director movies where too much control is in one person's hands and the editor isn't given enough independence. Long, lingering, and unnecessary scenes should have been cut, and others expanded a little. All in all it's a bit disjointed, or maybe it's just French. The...

3.0

A Triumph for Kirsten Scott Thomas

A very taut plot. Not a sentence of dialogue to be missed as the story unfolds. Brilliant development of Scott Thomas's character. A truly brilliant performance by Scott Thomas in her second or other language. She has long left behind her performance in "The English Patient" as the high point of her career and expanded her repertoire of films over many...

4.0

OK

Flicks reviewer does get it pretty right with his "Deceptive film" comment, but not a scorcher.

3.0