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I've Loved You So Long a.k.a. “Apla… s' agapo,” “Hace mucho que te quiero,” “Hace tanto que te quiero,” “So viele Jahre liebe ich dich,” “Il y a longtemps que je t'aime”

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for thematic material and smoking.
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Primary Audience:
Adults
Genre:
Mystery, Drama
Length:
1 hr. 57 min.
Year of Release:
2008
USA Release:
October 24, 2008
DVD: March 3, 2009
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Featuring: Kristin Scott Thomas
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Elsa Zylberstein, Serge Hazanavicius, Laurent Grévill, Frédéric Pierrot, Claire Johnston, Catherine Hosmalin, Jean-Claude Arnaud, Olivier Cruveiller, Lise Ségur, Mouss Zouheyri, Souad Mouchrik, Nicole Dubois, Laurent Claret, Marcel Ouendeno, Gérard Barbonnet, Jérémie Covillault, Kevin Lipka, Bruno Raffaelli, Pascal Demolon, Aïcha Mimouni, Catherine Antoine, Lily-Rose, Valentin Jalet, Claire Lefevre, Pascal Bordes, Alain Buron, Isabelle Destrez, Nathalie Hamel, Dominique Kucharzewski, Marc Léonian, Eva Quinto, Elio Guarino, Alixane Pachot, Laurine Pachot, Hannah Peytavi-Müller, Olga Peytavi-Müller, Théo Urbauer, Alexandre Voisin, Maryse Voisin, Angèle Zidi, Paul Zidi, Bryce Hitchcock
Director: Philippe Claudel
Producer: UGC YM, Canal+, Eurimages, France 3 Cinéma, Integral Film, Sofica Soficinéma 4, Sofica UGC 1, TPS Star, UGC Images, Sylvestre Guarino, Yves Marmion
Distributor: Sony Pictures
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Here’s what the distributor says about their film: “This powerful story of familial struggles and redemption follows a shell-shocked Juliette (Scott Thomas), who returns to live with he young sister Lea (Zylberstein) after being banished from the family for 15 years.

Léa (Elsa Zylberstein) and Juliette (Kristin Scott Thomas) are sisters. The film begins with Léa, the younger sister by fifteen years, picking Juliette up at the airport. We soon realize that the two sisters are almost complete strangers to each other. Juliette has just been released from prison after serving a long sentence. Léa was still a teenager when Juliette, a doctor, was sent off to prison. Léa contacted Juliette when she was released and suggested that Juliette come to live with her. Juliette had no particular desire to see her sister again.

Luc (Serge Hazanavicius), Léa’s husband, is quite reserved, almost hostile, about Juliette’s presence under their roof. Luc and Léa have two adopted Vietnamese daughters, who are 8 and 3 years old. Luc’s father, Papy Paul (Jean-Claude Arnaud) also lives in the house. He’s a charming old man who spends all of his time reading since a stroke deprived him of the power of speech.

Life together isn’t easy to begin with. Juliette has to relearn certain basics. The world has moved on and she often seems confused. Although she may seem cold and distant, her attitude stems more from her being ill at ease. Helped by some, such as the kindly but tactless social worker and her open-hearted but depressed parole officer (Frédéric Pierrot) whose confidante she becomes, Juliette is also rejected by others, particularly employers who throw her out as soon as they find out what she did.

Léa’s attitude is ambiguous. She avoids talking about Juliette’s time in prison at all costs. She wants nothing to blunt the happiness of their reunion and getting to know each other again. Luc mentions it reproachfully, as does Juliette in a different way.

Gradually, the real Juliette emerges. She opens up to the world once more, thanks to her two nieces, with whom she becomes very close after being very stiff with them at the beginning, and Michel (Laurent Grevill), a friend of Léa’s, and Papy Paul, who, in a more symbolic way, knows what it’s like to be locked away. Juliette gets a job as a medical secretary at the local hospital on the condition that she never mentions she used to be a doctor. Her relationship with Léa becomes much stronger and more intimate. Even Luc succeeds in pushing his preconceptions to one side and seeing Juliette as his sister-in-law, not as someone who just spent 15 years in prison.

But a huge question hangs over Juliette’s renaissance. What terrible thing did she do fifteen years ago and why? For all the others, it’s a recurrent thought that they dare not put into words. And for Juliette, locked away in her secret, it’s a burden to bear, which holds her back from engaging in her life and believing that she too has the right to be happy.”

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Neutral—I loved this movie. Kristin Scott Thomas gave a fantastic performance as well as Elsa Zylberstein. There are only two things about this film that I do not like. The first thing is the scene where Juliette has sexual relations with a guy that she has just met, although I am glad that it did not show anything, just the after part. The second part that I do not agree with is the idea of Juliette killing her son even though he has a crippling disease and is going to die from it anyway. She was watching him to die every day more and more and hurting more often and I think that a “mercy” death, as some people would call it, was not the answer. The movie did not have any cussing or sexual happenings, other than that one scene. It is a good film to watch if you like foreign films.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Michael, age 17 (USA)
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Neutral—I loved this movie. Kristin Scott Thomas gave a fantastic performance, as well as Elsa Zylberstein. There are only two things about this film that I do not like. The first thing is the scene where Juliette has sexual relations with a guy that she has just met, although I am glad that it did not show anything, just the after part. The second part that I do not agree with is the idea of Juliette killing her son even though he has a crippling disease and is going to die from it anyway. She was watching him to die every day more and more and hurting more often, and I think that a “mercy” death, as some people would call it, was not the answer. The movie did not have any cussing or sexual happenings, other than that one scene. It is a good film to watch if you like foreign films.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Michael, age 17 (USA)