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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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Laurent Grévill ...
Michel
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Capitaine Fauré
Lise Ségur ...
P'tit Lys
Jean-Claude Arnaud ...
Papy Paul
Mouss ...
Samir (as Mouss Zouheyri)
Souad Mouchrik ...
Kaisha
Nicole Dubois ...
DRH hôpital
Catherine Hosmalin ...
Conseillère d'insertion
Laurent Claret ...
Directeur hôpital
Marcel Ouendeno ...
Bamakalé
Gérard Barbonnet ...
Monsieur Lucien
Jérémie Covillault ...
Jeune inspecteur
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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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Rated PG-13 for thematic material and smoking | See all certifications »

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20 February 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hace mucho que te quiero  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£116,990 (UK) (26 September 2008)

Gross:

$3,167,876 (USA) (17 April 2009)
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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 »

Quotes

Juliette Fontaine: The worst prison is the death of one's child. You never get out of it.
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References To Be or Not to Be (1942) See more »

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À la Claire Fontaine
Traditional French
Performed by Kristin Scott Thomas, Elsa Zylberstein and Lise Ségur
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Understated brilliance
16 December 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Oliver Stone fans beware: This movie doesn't knock you over the head. Everything is understated, from the screenplay, to the way the movie is shot, to the understated performances. Best is the Oscar-winning (that's a prediction!) Kirsten Scott-Thomas. Her nuanced and deep performance says so much more about her character than any other mode of presentation.

It's interesting that KST has done better with her French roles than her English-speaking ones. Perhaps it's the nature of her material. Perhaps it's that as a second language, French allows her face and body to do much of the acting. The subtle changes in her character from beginning to end is as nuanced as the movie, but discernible and clear, made more believable by the way KST takes us there.

As for the closing denouement, without spoiling: Does it really matter why she was gone, what she did, or why she did it? This film rightly focused us on her as a person with a past, rather than what the past was.

Il y'a longtemps que j'ai vu un film francais si bon!


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