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I've Loved You So Long -- Juliette Fontaine (Kristin Scott Thomas, Golden Globe? Nominee for I've Loved You So Long, Oscar? nominee for The English Patient) is a frail, haunted woman, an ex-doctor who's a shell of her former self. Having served 15 years in prison for an unspeakable crime, she's back on the "outside." With nowhere else to go, she comes to live with her loving but estranged sister Lea (Elsa Zylberstein). ...
I've Loved You So Long -- This is the theatrical trailer for I've Loved You So Long, directed by Philippe Claudel.

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Director:
Writer:
Philippe Claudel (writer)
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Release Date:
20 February 2009 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Plot:
A woman struggles to interact with her family and find her place in society after spending fifteen years in prison. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 15 wins & 25 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Is this Scott Thomas's greatest role? See more (114 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Kristin Scott Thomas ... Juliette

Elsa Zylberstein ... Léa

Serge Hazanavicius ... Luc
Laurent Grévill ... Michel

Frédéric Pierrot ... 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

Claire Johnston ... Mère Juliette et Léa
Kevin Lipka ... L'étudiant (as Kévin Lipka)
Bruno Raffaelli ... Monsieur Dupuis
Pascal Demolon ... L'homme du bar
Aïcha Mimouni ... Serveuse bar
Catherine Antoine ... Bimbo Lucien
Lily-Rose ... Emelia
Valentin Jalet ... Bébé Kaisha
Claire Lefevre ... Marie-Paule (voice)
Olivier Cruveiller ... Gérard
Pascal Bordes ... Patrick
Alain Buron ... François
Isabelle Destrez ... Muriel
Nathalie Hamel ... Nathalie
Dominique Kucharzewski ... Anne
Marc Léonian ... Yves
Eva Quinto ... Florence
Elio Guarino ... Enfant
Alixane Pachot ... Enfant
Laurine Pachot ... Enfant
Hannah Peytavi-Müller ... Enfant

Olga Peytavi-Müller ... Enfant
Théo Urbauer ... Enfant
Alexandre Voisin ... Enfant
Maryse Voisin ... Enfant
Angèle Zidi ... Enfant
Paul Zidi ... Enfant
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Bryce Hitchcock ... Emelia (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Philippe Claudel 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Philippe Claudel  writer

Produced by
Sylvestre Guarino .... executive producer
Yves Marmion .... producer
 
Original Music by
Jean-Louis Aubert 
 
Cinematography by
Jérôme Alméras 
 
Film Editing by
Virginie Bruant 
 
Production Design by
Samuel Deshors 
 
Art Direction by
Emmanuelle Cuillery 
 
Costume Design by
Laurence Esnault (assistant costume designer)
 
Makeup Department
Patrick Girault .... key hair stylist
Estelle Tolstoukine .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Séverine Barré .... administrateur adjoint
Abraham Goldblat .... post-production manager
Antoine Moussault .... unit production manager
Jean-Patrick Nourricier .... assistant unit manager
Arzur Ronan .... assistant unit manager
Sandrine Rouquié .... assistant production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Philippe Crave .... third assistant director
Thomas Ghitti .... third assistant director
Hicham Kadiri .... assistant director
Stanislas Klos .... trainee assistant director
Claire Lefevre .... trainee assistant director
Thomas Parnet .... second assistant director
Aurelie Poulain .... third assistant director
Julien Zidi .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Catherine Bourgeois .... set dresser
Benjamin Bouygues-Faugeron .... assistant art director
Marie Grosdidier .... assistant art director
Denis Lourenco .... ripper
Romain Scavazza .... assistant art director
 
Sound Department
Julien Baissat .... foley artist assistant
Pierre Bompy .... sound trainee
Stéphane Brunclair .... sound editor
Stéphane Brunclair .... sound
Denis Carquin .... boom operator
Guadalupe Cassius .... dialogue editor
Nicolas d'Halluin .... sound recordist
Pascal Dedeye .... foley artist
Sophie Durand .... assistant sound editor
Gérard Lamps .... sound re-recording mixer
Pierre Lenoir .... sound
Armelle Mahé .... sound mixer
 
Special Effects by
Grégoire Delage .... special effects supervisor
Charles-Axel Vollard .... special effects technician
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Karine Arlot .... second assistant camera
Damien Auriol .... key grip
Simon Beaufils .... camera operator
Simon Blanchard .... first assistant camera
Aurélie Blin .... video assist operator
Xavier Cholet .... gaffer
Julien Coquillet .... grip
Arnaud Delannoy .... first assistant camera
Cyril Dupont .... electrician
Sébastien Plessis .... electrician
Nicolas Rideau .... additional camera operator
Jan Rubens .... Steadicam operator
Thierry Valletoux .... still photographer
 
Casting Department
Sonia Hallosserie .... casting assistant
 
Editorial Department
Elisa Aboulker .... assistant editor
Natacha Louis .... colorist
 
Music Department
Edouard Dubois .... music consultant
 
Other crew
Séverine Barré .... administrator of production
Lucie Truffaut .... script supervisor
 
Thanks
Roger Viry-Babel .... in memory of
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Il y a longtemps que je t'aime" - France (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for thematic material and smoking
Runtime:
117 min
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Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:M | Canada:G (British Columbia) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Germany:6 | Ireland:12A | Japan:G | Netherlands:6 | Peru:14 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:15 | Sweden:7 | Switzerland:12 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:12 (canton of Vaud) | UK:12A | USA:PG-13
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Trivia:
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.See more »
Movie Connections:
References To Be or Not to Be (1942)See more »
Soundtrack:
À la Claire FontaineSee more »

FAQ

What is the Orinoco that Captain Fauré keeps mentioning?
Who is the artist who did the paintings that Michel and Juliette saw during the art gallery scene?
Please translate "Il y a longtemps que je t'aime" into English.
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81 out of 106 people found the following review useful.
Is this Scott Thomas's greatest role?, 21 April 2008
Author: rogerkuin from France

This may be the film that makes Kristin Scott Thomas's reputation as not a good actress but a great one. It is a French film, and one has to accept the parameters of French 'intimisme'; as such it is wonderful. It is not a question of being a parent or not: it's a question of being ready or not to be swept out of one's daily self by great acting. Elsa Zylberstein is a fine actress (I remember her with affection in 'Farinelli'), but Scott Thomas here surpasses anything she has done before. She is capable, we knew, of making herself nearly ugly ('Angels and Insects'); she can do understated sensitivity ('Four Weddings and a Funeral'); here she gets a part of the emotional power of a Medea or a Phaedra and plays it with the let-it-rip force of a great tragédienne. The film is a vehicle for an actress, and none the worse for that. It is not unworthy of her, and that may be the best one can say of Claudel's work; but that may just be enough. There was a curiously fugitive quality to KST's interviews about this film: one got the impression she didn't really want to talk about it in more than mundane depth. One can see why. It all goes very near the bone. She may want to do a sheer glorious comedy next, just to remind us all of the blithe side of her nature. Long may she live, and work.

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