Iíve Loved You So Long

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +2

Content: +2

Kristin Scott Thomas, Elsa Zylberstein. Psychological Drama.Written and directed by Philippe Claudel. (Foreign, with subtitles).

FILM SYNOPSIS: Juliette (Kristin Scott Thomas), was 15 years in prison for murder. We eventually discover that it is her own child she has killed, though it is not until the final act do that we learn why. The unexpected goodness of her younger sister Lťa (Elsa Zylberstein), who makes Juliette a part of her family, slowly causes Juliette to open up and once again face life.

PREVIEW REVIEW: A great character study, sadly Iíve Loved You So Long disappoints with an unsatisfying ending. Whatís more, Ms. Scott Thomas is an acquired taste. And if you havenít acquired it yet, youíre not alone. Perhaps the problem is that she does self-possessed a little too well (The English Patient, The Horse Whisperer). Here she creeps me out with her sullenness, her bursts of anger and her self-absorption. Itís a long movie and we endure these character foibles throughout the film. Only minutes before the ending does her attitude begin to lighten up. And this happens just before the big final cry where we discover her reason for killing the child.

Spoiler alert: You may deduce the reason for the murder should you read the following paragraph.

This being a movie and not the nightly news, we should know thereís a plausible reason. Trouble is, when we discover the reason, it only raises other questions, none of which are answered by the script or Ms. Scott Thomasí portrayal.

Performances all around are sound and savory, but I found the lead unlikable. True, weíre supposed to have compassion for this troubled soul, but when we realize that even though she has justified the killing, in all those years, she has never explained the truth, leaving those around her in the dark. Why? Who knows?

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright
Sony Classics Pictures

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Crude Language: None

Obscene Language: None

Profanity: None

Violence: Though we never see the crime, a mother has spent 15 years in prison for the murder of her child; we learn that a supporting character commits suicide.


Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: None

Drugs: Wine with meals and the lead smokes throughout

Other: None

Running Time: 115 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults

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