- Actors: Kristin Scott Thomas, Elsa Zylberstein, Serge Hazanavicius, Laurent Grevill, Frederic Pierrot
- Directors: Philippe Claudel
- Format: PAL
- Language: French
- Subtitles: English
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: 12
- Studio: Lions Gate Home Entertainment
- DVD Release Date: 9 Feb. 2009
- Run Time: 113 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B001KYNCK0
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,428 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
A must have to see and see again !
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a very thought-provoking film. It was very interesting to watch it and then read the book by Philippe Claudel which gives a really deep insight into the making of the film. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Ms. P. Mcmillan
A really well acted and thought provoking movie. A must watch.Published 11 days ago by Amazon Customer
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 10 months ago by Shirley Steadman
Brilliant brilliant brilliant KST in French!! How could you not like it?Published 11 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 18 months ago by Charles Richard Cooper