I’ve Loved You So Long (2008)

I’ve Loved You So Long was released on DVD on March 3, 2009
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Kristin Scott Thomas is brilliant as Juliette, freed from prison after serving 15 years. Enigmatic, reserved, yet ready to re-enter life cautiously, Juliette moves in with her younger sister, Lea (Elsa Zylberstein), a literature professor, and the latter’s husband Luc (Serge Hazanavicius), who worries about allowing Juliette into a home with two young children (related to the reason she was convicted in the first place). Also in the house is Juliette and Lea’s father (Jean-Claude Arnaud), mute from illness. Writer-director Philippe Claudel slowly reveals details about the nature of Juliette’s crime as she takes a job in a hospital records department and is wooed by a colleague. Other forces in Juliette’s life–people asking questions, a visit to her dementia-suffering mother, tensions between her and Lea–slowly tease out the mystery behind her actions and takes viewers to a conclusion that adds an element of surprise but ties things up too tidily. Claudel cultivates an aura of naturalism and no-frills storytelling that allows dramatic developments and revelations to unfold easily. The film borders a bit on soap opera, but the grace and intelligence of Thomas’ performance, offset by Zylberstein’s more emotional work, is never less than compelling.

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US DVD Release Date March 3, 2009
UK DVD Release Date UK - Not announced
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Complete Movie Details

Run time 117 minutes
Theater Release Date October 24, 2008
DVD and Blu-ray Release Date March 3, 2009
Actors Kristin Scott Thomas, Elsa Zylbertstein, Serge Hazanavicius, Claire Johnston, Frédéric Pierrot, Laurent Grévill, Olivier Cruveiller
Directed by Philippe Claudel
Studio Sony Pictures Classics
MPAA PG-13 (Rated PG-13 for thematic material and smoking)
Gross $3,167,876
Genre(s) Drama
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