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I've Loved You So Long (2008)
"Il y a longtemps que je t'aime" (original title)

PG-13  |   |  Drama  |  20 February 2009 (USA)
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A woman struggles to interact with her family and find her place in society after spending fifteen years in prison.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Laurent Grévill ...
Capitaine Fauré
Lise Ségur ...
P'tit Lys
Jean-Claude Arnaud ...
Papy Paul
Mouss ...
Samir (as Mouss Zouheyri)
Souad Mouchrik ...
Nicole Dubois ...
DRH hôpital
Catherine Hosmalin ...
Conseillère d'insertion
Laurent Claret ...
Directeur hôpital
Marcel Ouendeno ...
Gérard Barbonnet ...
Monsieur Lucien
Jérémie Covillault ...
Jeune inspecteur


Juliette was 15 years in prison. Confronted with the unexpected goodness of her younger sister Léa, who makes Juliette a part of her family, very slowly breaks up Juliette's ice and bitterness and she carefully opens up. Written by Anonymous

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic material and smoking | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

20 February 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hace mucho que te quiero  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£116,990 (UK) (26 September 2008)


$3,167,876 (USA) (17 April 2009)

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1.85 : 1
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The note written by Juliette's dead son, which Lea finds by accident, reads: "Un jardin sous la plui c'est doux triste come moi sans toi. Maman je veux pas que tu meure jamais. On sera ensemble toujours. Tu es mon amour. Ton petit Pierre". (A garden under the rain is sweet sad like me without you. Mama I don't want you to die ever. We'll be together always. You are my love. Your little Pierre.) See more »


Juliette Fontaine: The worst prison is the death of one's child. You never get out of it.
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References The Shop Around the Corner (1940) See more »


Meunier, Tu Dors
Traditional French
Performed by Kristin Scott Thomas, Elsa Zylberstein, Serge Hazanavicius and Lise Ségur
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French movie-making at its best
10 October 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is one of those films that, the less you know about it in advance, the more you are likely to appreciate it - which makes reviewing it a little problematic. All you really need to know is that it's French and excellent. But you might like to know that it's a wonderful vehicle for Kristin Scott Thomas, the British actress married to a Frenchman, who plays Juliette, an Anglo-French woman with some dark and painful secrets which only slowly unfold as the narrative takes its traumatic course. The movie opens and closes with close-ups of her haunted face and, in between, she is rarely off the screen in a marvellously nuanced performance, well supported by Elsa Zylberstein who plays her younger sister Léa. Written and directed by Philippe Claudel, this is French movie-making at its best.

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