Monday, November 19, 2012

I've Loved You So Long

Juliette (Kristin Scott Thomas), the protagonist of Philippe Claudel's I've Loved You So Long, is a woman of few words. She merely listens as those around her, especially her sister Lea (Elsa Zylberstein), talk on and on and on. It's not that she doesn't want to speak. It's just she has nothing to say.

In fact, when most people first meet Juliette, there are a number of varying opinions on her. They find her mysterious because of her quiet nature. They also find her mysterious because Lea had never mention her before.

Those that find out why Lea never mentioned Juliette before then realize why. They then view Juliette as someone who can't be trusted. Hey, what would your reaction be after meeting a woman who just got out of prison for killing her own son?

Claudel ensures to get the best out of Thomas and Zylberstein. Thomas keeps the mystery of Juliette on full display throughout the film. As Lea, Zylberstein tries to revive the bond between her and Juliette, which wasn't very strong to begin with. (Think of their relationship as the French equivalent to Autumn Sonata.)

I've Loved You So Long is a very fascinating film. Thomas, who definitely should have been nominated for her work here, gives an amazing performance of someone who tries to cope with their past actions and uncertain future. It's truly one that must be seen to be believed, both Thomas' performance and the film.

My Rating: *****

1 comment:

  1. Love the hell out of this movie, Scott Thomas seriously deserved more awards attention here. A triumph of emotional expression.


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