Rent I've Loved You So Long (2008)

3.8 of 5 from 591 ratings
1h 53min
Rent I've Loved You So Long (aka Il y a longtemps que je t'aime) Online DVD & Blu-ray Rental
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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
Languages:
French
Subtitles:
English, English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Interview with Philippe Claudel and Laurence Haloche
  • Deleted scenes with optional Audio Commentary
BBFC:
Release Date:
09/02/2009
Run Time:
118 minutes
Languages:
French
Subtitles:
English
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Interview with Philippe Claudel and Laurence Haloche
  • Deleted scenes with optional Audio Commentary

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Reviews (10) of I've Loved You So Long

Almost unbearable intensity - I've Loved You So Long review by CW

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17/12/2014

This was an intense and at times very moving study of the issues - sometimes an almost unbearable intensity in an honest and very thoughtful approach. I would recommend this film. Clive Williams

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

Screen prescence or what? - I've Loved You So Long review by CB

Spoiler Alert
09/12/2013

Wow, has any camera been able to frame a dodgy picture of Kristin?

The film has depth and honesty. Teases out the story in a very satisfying manner. The female leads are excellent.

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

A superb drama, emotional and painful. Highly recommended. - I've Loved You So Long review by RP

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06/01/2014

This film won the 2009 BAFTA for 'Best Film Not in the English Language' - and deservedly so. The acting is excellent, the story emotional and painful as it tells the story of a woman attempting to reintegrate with her sister and family and their friends after release from prison.

Gradually it is revealed that not only has she been in prison but has served 15 years for murder, the murder of her 6 year old son, and in a final cathartic scene the reason is disclosed.

Kristin Scott Thomas is excellent in the lead role as is Elsa Zylberstein as her sister - they even look similar. I only wish that my French were better as I'm sure I missed some of the subtleties of the dialogue, too fast and colloquial for me. Certainly Kristin Scott Thomas' French is good - it should be as she's lived in France for some 35 years and married a Frenchman, but perhaps to a native speaker she may still show some trace of an accent - it's referred to in the film and also that the sisters have an English mother, who we briefly see in a nursing home. Part of the pain is that the parents disowned her after the murder trial, never mentioning her again.

The film brought me close to tears, particularly at the end where one line is "The worst prison is the death of one's child" - so very true.

My respects to Philippe Claudel who both wrote and directed the film - a great achievement.

Superb - 5/5 stars - highly recommended.

0 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

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