I've Loved You So Long [DVD]
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BAFTA-award winning I’VE LOVED YOU SO LONG is the outstanding, critically acclaimed breakthrough film of the year. Kristin Scott Thomas (Four Weddings and a Funeral, The English Patient) offers a truly sensational performance in this utterly engrossing and deeply moving tale of two sisters who rebuild their relationship after fifteen years apart. The estranged women gradually rediscover common ground and learn how to relate to one another through the memories of their childhood. All the while the spectre of their time apart looming overhead…
This intelligent and compassionate film is a testament to the power of family, love and forgiveness.
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First of all, if you buy a Euro region DVD and it doesn't play in your American DVD player, that's your fault not the film's.
Secondly, remember this is a French film. Subtitles are never a substitute for the real thing and there are many subtleties in the dialogue that are not and can not be expressed in subtitles, also if you don't have the correct screen size you will only see the top of the titles. I wonder if this is what happened with one of the other reviewers.
Thirdly, and this is my main point: this is one of the best films I have ever seen. At the beginning I felt dread as the main character was left alone with children, but as the story developed - slow yes, but deliciously slow - I became aware of the true nature of this woman. Symbolism was strong in this film, the visit to the art gallery in Nancy was for me a highlight of the film.
This is a truly moving film, if you don't find it so you are missing something.
Kristin Scott-Thomas is amazing as Juliette - a red-eyed timid woman who has come back to the family after being away for so long, and coming back to Léa's home, and we see how Juliette rebuilds her life, and how she feels in life - all beautifully told without special effects, which makes this such an important piece of cinema for me. The realness, tenderness, and almost classical way of direction, photography and script really put this above anything else - this is surely in my top ten.
This Blu-Ray really does the film justice too, the beautiful colours flow nicely on-screen, and the picture is sharp - and the sound is excellent, though I found the PCM track too quiet on my system, so I used the surround sound 5.1 - which is ample in my opinion. The subtitles (which I didn't use) were clear and well set out on the picture, and the framing is perfect.
The extras - though not many are just superb, an interview with Philippe Claudel, writer and director is quite compelling, and lasts over an hour. There are something like 5 deleted scenes, and to me they were really not needed - so good call by Claudel.
This really is a masterpiece - the whole crew have done such a superb job. Don't rent this, buy it, you'll never regret it. Wish I could tell you more about the movie, but that would spoil it and I feel that would be criminal to do so.
A must have to see and see again !
The story revolves around Julliene (Kristen Scott Thomas) who is reunited with her sister after spending 15yrs in jail. It largely follows her budding relationship with the family and her return to the world after such a long time away.
The only 'intrigue' (it can hardly be described as such) is the gradual revalation of why she was in prison. I use the word intrigue lightly because after a while it becomes reasonably obvious.
Kristen Scott Thomas's acting is oscar worthy without a doubt. She conveys all the emotions of her character so well not only through dialog but body language.
A relatively slow going but moving movie about relationships and the return to life.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This film has the actress Kristin Scott Thomas in it playing the part of a sister who meets her sister after many years, the sisters learn anew how to bondPublished 1 month ago by Shirley Steadman
Brilliant brilliant brilliant KST in French!! How could you not like it?Published 2 months ago by barry william foxon
Long been a favourite film of mine Kristin Scott Thomas at her very best, with a wonderful supporting cast.Published 9 months ago by Charles Richard Cooper
Kristin Scott Thomas is excellent in this role, you can see the sadness in her eyes even when she smiles. The script is well written and all the charactars have depth. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Shirley Cameron