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