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Ive Loved You So Long(Blu-ray)

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Juliette Fontaine (Kristin Scott Thomas, Golden Globe Nominee for I've Loved You So Long, Oscar nominee for The English Patient) is a frail, haunted woman, an ex-doctor who's a shell of her former self. Having served 15 years in prison for an unspeakable crime, she's back on the "outside." With nowhere else to go, she comes to live with her loving but estranged sister Lea (Elsa Zylberstein). Together the sisters embark on a painful but redemptive journey back from life's darkest edge in this gripping drama of struggle and salvation.

Specifications

Studio Sony
SKU 210642090
UPC 043396301658
UPC 14 00043396301658
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 9/4/2012
Rating Rating
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.85:1
Actors
Name Thomas,Kristin Scot
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Awards
Golden Globe (2009) I've Loved You So Long, Nominee, Best Foreign Language Film,Kristin Scott Thomas, Nominee, Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama
British Academy Awards (2009) Kristin Scott Thomas, Nominee, Best Leading Actress,Philippe Claudel, Nominee, Best Screenplay - Original,Yves Marmion, Philippe Claudel, Nominee, Best Film Not in the English Language
Reviews
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review I've Loved You So Long is a meditative French drama about awakening from a metaphorical death. It's about how a shared past can inform present expectations and about whether relationships can bridge a gulf of years and extend beyond a tragedy that is in many ways neither understood nor explained. Writer/director Philippe Claudel's approach to the material is straightforward and free of melodrama, but he elects to present a critical aspect of the protagonist's history as an element of mystery. Rather than peeling back the curtain on the past to the audience at the beginning, he gradually reveals pieces of the central tragedy and what it means, and has meant, for those involved...Acting is one of the movie's most obvious strengths. Kristin Scott-Thomas, who may still be best known for her roles in Four Weddings and a Funeral and The English Patient, has in recent years elected to recede from the high profile spotlight and appear in smaller productions like this one. She gives Juliette a real sense of depth and pathos...I've Loved You So Long is the kind of film that will bore to tears those who do not enjoy simple, unforced character dramas. The movie's action largely takes place beneath the skin. The pace is slow but not glacial, yet Claudel demands patience. Ultimately, I've Loved You So Long is uplifting, although one might not expect that from the thematic material. The production rewards viewers who roll with the shifting tones, explore the mystery of Juliette's past alongside Lea, and stay to the end. This may be a tough sell in a marketplace dominated by ADD motion pictures, but I'm convinced there's an audience out there.
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Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review "I've Loved You So Long" begins with a situation similar to "Rachel Getting Married." One sister is released from an institution for a homecoming with another sister who is not overjoyed to see her. Both of the sisters are believed responsible for a tragic death some years in the past. There are subtle questions about whether either one can be "trusted" even now. But the two films are otherwise completely different, and if you've seen one, you haven't seen the other..."Rachel" is as American as apple pie. "I've Loved You So Long" is as French as tarte du pomme. Hackneyed expressions, but there you are. One of the most French elements in "Loved You" is Juliette, played by Kristin Scott Thomas. Yes, from "The English Patient." One of those actors who can move effortlessly between English and French, like Jacqueline Bisset or, with a charming accent, Jeanne Moreau, who had a British mother...French seems to agree with Scott Thomas. In her English-language roles, she sometimes seems a little cool, ever so slightly aloof. In French, she warms, is more free with emotions, more easily reaches joy and sorrow. Watch her here falling in with the two adopted Vietnamese daughters of her sister Lea (Elsa Zylberstein). It's a love that seems spontaneous and not faked...Everything centers on Juliette. Her transgression was more unforgivable than what Rachel's sister did. Her feelings run even deeper. She has been away for longer and finds it more difficult to gather up the threads of life. This is one of Kristin Scott Thomas' most inspired performances. The Academy may get her confused with herself.
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Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 9
Features
Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, Dubbed & Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Thomas,Kristin Scot
Label Columbia/tri-Star
Music Format Blu-ray DVD
Video Format Blu-Ray
Quotes
A.O. Scott, The New York Times Ms. Scott Thomas' deep, subtle and altogether stunning performance.
Andrew Sarris, New York Observer A beautiful rapport between two gifted actresses.
Joe Morgenstern, The Wall Street Journal So subtle and smart! Kristin Scott Thomas is absolute perfection.
Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Performances this strong and direction this sensitive make us simply grateful to have an emotional story we can sink our teeth into and enjoy.
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone Kristin Scott Thomas is absolutely astounding! She gives one of the best performances of this or any year. A stunning film!
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