I've Loved You So Long 

Do you like character dramas; unhurried stories where the focus is on individuals and interactions rather than twisty plot lines or action set pieces? Have I got a movie for you. The debut feature (in French with subtitles) from Philippe Claudel is a thoughtful, meditative study of a woman fresh out of prison and how she deals with what she did and with the social aftermath of being locked away from the world for 15 years. Kristin Scott Thomas stars as Juliette, the ex-con, and she gives one of the best performances of her career. Juliette gets picked up from the French hoosegow by her sister Lea (Elsa Zylberstein), a literature professor, and taken to her home in a small town to stay with family. The rest of the family consists of Lea's lexicographer husband Luc (Serge Hazanavicius), the couple's two young adopted daughters and Luc's ailing father (Jean-Claude Arnaud). The film manages to paint an engrossing portrait of dreariness and depression without becoming dreary or depressing. 117 minutes. DVD INFO: Includes a dubbed English track with Kristen Scott Thomas providing the English voice of herself.


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