I’ve Loved You So Long (Il y a longtemps que je t’aime) is about Juliette (Thomas) who lived with her sister Léa and her family after she was imprisoned for 15 years. What did she do that horrified and tore the family apart? The movie itself felt like a play – it relied a lot on the actors’ performances, and at times felt like there weren’t much happening. It’s dripping with emotions and restrained performances – Kirstin Scott Thomas really shined in this movie.
Viewers need to immerse themselves in the characters’ emotions to get into this movie – for me it’s a bit too ‘raw’. I mean, I don’t want to be overly manipulated to feel pity, sorry, or mad by the soundtrack or by the imagery, on the other hand relying solely on the acting and facial expressions can make it a little bit difficult for viewers to really be in sync with the movie.
Kristin Scott Thomas is one of my favourite actress and this movie confirms it. The final emotional outburst at the end alone would stun and mesmerise you at the same time. She deserves an Oscar!