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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Did You Know?


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 »


P'tit Lys: The prince went slowly through the forest. His beautiful horse was silent. The sky was taking on the color of roses. "Will I be in time?" the prince wondered. He remembered what the magician had told him. "Night is your only enemy. Once it has cast its cloak of darkness over the world and you cannot tell the shadow of a dog from that of a wolf, you will know it is too late and that your beautiful lady is lost forever. Hurry if you love her." The prince's heart was pounding.
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References The Shop Around the Corner (1940) See more »


À la Claire Fontaine
Traditional French
Performed by Kristin Scott Thomas, Elsa Zylberstein and Lise Ségur
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Full of pathos and charm
7 January 2009 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

While I've never been such a Philistine as to decline to see a film because it is in an unknown language and I'd have to read the subtitles, there is usually a sense of emotional distance when you have to read the words yourself. In the case of 'I've Loved You So Long', I felt no such distance. Indeed, this is the first time I've cried in a movie since... I don't know when. Sure, I am a callous bastard, but I often find myself moved by a film, only, rarely do I find myself as moved as I was by this one.

'I've Loved You So Long' focuses on the story of Juliette Fontaine coming from prison to live with her sister, who was a young adolescent when she was incarcerated. The tensions of living with an extended family are exacerbated by Juliette's personality, which it is accepted is altered by her time in gaol. Philippe Claudel's story is beautifully structured to release just as much information as is necessary to keep you interested, while retaining just enough mystery to keep you on the edge of your seat.

I have never seen a French film that I haven't liked, but I have also never seen a French film of this calibre. It is an outstanding piece of storytelling, full of pathos and charm.

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