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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis



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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Featured in The 66th Annual Golden Globe Awards (2009) See more »


À la Claire Fontaine
Traditional French
Performed by Kristin Scott Thomas, Elsa Zylberstein and Lise Ségur
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You must see this film if you consider yourself a lover of great art.
22 October 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Claudel provides a lesson for American film makers and a lasting pleasure for the audience. The cast is evenly excellent with Kristin Scott Thomas and Elsa Zylberstein the personifications of things felt and not said to siblings. It is such a pleasure to watch actors and actresses who look like people instead of an eight by ten glossy of themselves. Serge Hazanaviciius, Laurent Grevil, Frederic Pierrot, Jean-Claude Amaud and little Lise Se'gur form a perfect framework for the two stars. With no special effects and little background music, the viewer can concentrate on the slow peeling of layer after layer of revelation. The beauty revealed at its core is the result of action, not an attempt to tie up loose ends nor a deus ex machina. Snar

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