I've Loved You So Long (Il y a longtemps que je t'aime)

115 min. minutes | Rated PG-13

Philippe Claudel's I've Loved You So Long, a beautifully acted but otherwise uninspired French melodrama, follows two estranged sisters reconnecting in the shadow of a secret that's not nearly as juicy as it should be. As Juliette, who goes to live with her younger sister (Elsa Zylberstein) after a 15-year prison sentence, Kristin Scott Thomas is tremendous. It’s too bad, then, that the rest of the movie is so middlebrow and blah. The story is ripe with tantalizingly creepy questions about Juliette's crime, her motivations, and her sister's reluctance to ask questions, and a more daring, visually rigorous filmmaker might have made this stuff shiver with mystery and paranoia. But Claudel (a novelist trying his hand at directing) delivers little more than a gracefully packaged, Gallic Lifetime-TV soufflé. Juliette's path back to normalcy is so predictably plotted and staged—and accompanied by such annoying acoustic guitar—that it's hard to maintain more than minimal interest. recommended


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Film Credits
Philippe Claudel
Kristin Scott Thomas, Elsa Zylberstein, Serge Hazanavicius, Laurent Grévill, Frédéric Pierrot, Claire Johnston, Catherine Hosmalin, Jean-Claude Arnaud, Olivier Cruveiller, Lise Ségur