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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This is near perfection
- I've Loved You So Long review by SH
I just don't get the comments about the poor subtitles - they were fine for me. This film made me cry - twice. Kristin Scott Thomas is fantastic, fully showing the pain and secret torment of the main character. Great supporting actors combine in a story where you find yourself totally drawn in. The final scenes will have you deeply moved. Watch this film - it is totally absorbing and has some real sit up and pay attention moments
3 out of 3 members found this review helpful.