Rent I've Loved You So Long (2008)

3.8 of 5 from 597 ratings
1h 53min
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Synopsis:
I've Loved You So Long is the outstanding, critically celebrated breakthrough film of the year. Kristin Scott Thomas (Four Weddings and a Funeral, The English Patient) offers a truly sensational performance in this utterly engrossing and deeply moving tale of two sisters who rebuild their relationship after fifteen years apart. The two women gradually rediscover common ground and learn how to relate to one another through the memories of their shared childhood, all the while the spectre of their time apart looming overhead... This intelligent and compassionate film is a testament to the power of family, love and forgiveness.
Actors:
, , , , , Lise Ségur, Jean-Claude Arnaud, , Souad Mouchrik, , , , Marcel Ouendeno, Gérard Barbonnet, , , Kevin Lipka, , , Aïcha Mimouni
Directors:
Voiced By:
Claire Lefevre, Bryce Hitchcock
Writers:
Philippe Claudel
Others:
Kristin Scott-Thomas
Aka:
Il y a longtemps que je t'aime
Studio:
Lionsgate Films
Genres:
Drama
Countries:
France, Top 100 Films, Drama
Awards:

2009 BAFTA Best Foreign Film

BBFC:
Release Date:
09/02/2009
Run Time:
113 minutes
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
Languages:
French
Subtitles:
English, English Hard of Hearing
Bonus:
  • Interview with Philippe Claudel and Laurence Haloche
  • Deleted scenes with optional Audio Commentary
BBFC:
Release Date:
09/02/2009
Run Time:
118 minutes
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
Languages:
French
Subtitles:
English
Bonus:
  • Interview with Philippe Claudel and Laurence Haloche
  • Deleted scenes with optional Audio Commentary

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Reviews (9) of I've Loved You So Long

A Fine French Drama - I've Loved You So Long review by Jawbreaker

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The French have always excelled in creating unique family dramas that explore the relationships and emotions of specific situations. In I’ve Loved You So Long, Kristin Scott Thomas plays a reserved woman, who moves in with her sister and her family whilst she comes to terms with her new environment. Without giving too much away, the two sisters slowly rebond and piece together the missing parts of their lives apart.

For all the praise thrown at Thomas, I must say Elsa Zylberstein puts in an equally strong performance here. They both try to reconcile the past and attempt to look forward as Kristen regains her confidence and social skills. The emotional scars are evident on both sisters and time is far from a healer but despite a few stumbles, progress is made.

It is very difficult to go further into this film without spoiling the key aspects. While you soon learn what seperated them for fifteen years, the motives behind the tragic event are not revealed until the final few moments. It is well worth seeing it through till the end and asking yourself what you would have done in that situation. I’ve Loved You So Long is an emotional journey, for me not as unique or brilliant as the hype suggests (Diving Bell & The Butterfly is so much better), yet nevertheless another example of why the French excel with films such as this.

4 out of 8 members found this review helpful.

Give this a chance - I've Loved You So Long review by SF

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I would urge those of you normally put off by subtitle to give this film a go. Having to read he words helps your involvement in my view. The performances are very strong and the film is shot beautifully. Uplifting!

2 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

Poor Subtitles - I've Loved You So Long review by Pat

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This may very well be a very good film, but as my French is not that good, I couldn't tell. The English subtitles were more or less non-existant. After lots of French dialogue, a very brief, single sentence would appear, after some delay, in English. It was just really annoying, so I stopped watching. I have enoyed numerous foreign-made films in the past and this has never happened before. I hope this is not a trend to save money.

2 out of 5 members found this review helpful.

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