Il y a Longtemps que Je T’aime
Director: Philippe Claudel
Cast: Kristin Scott Thomas, Elsa Zylberstein
Duration: 115 mins
Country of Origin: France
“Magnificent! You will have heard advance praise… it’s all true.”
Paul Byrnes, THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD
“The film is a joy. Kristin Scott Thomas gives a flawlessly judged performance.”
Evan Williams, THE AUSTRALIAN
“Beautifully written and directed… Superbly acted… quite an incredible feat.”
Jane Freebury, THE CANBERRA TIMES
“This is acting at its most exalted. If we’re lucky we get one or two gifts like this a year. Worth seeing more than once.”
Mick LaSalle, SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
Scott Thomas stars as Juliette, a distant and withdrawn women with a hard shell. After being away for many years she has returned home to stay with her younger sister Lea (Elsa Zylberstein) who is seemingly her polar opposite. Indeed, the two sisters are barely more than strangers, as 15 years the rejected Juliette has had no ties with her relations, and she knows nothing of Lea’s family or busy life.
Still, it’s a cautiously happy reunion. The two siblings slowly begin to rebuild their relationship, and Juliette does her best to carry on with everyday; searching for a job, entertaining her neices, swimming at the local pool, even developing a friendship with one of Lea’s colleagues – albeit one she keeps at arms length.
But everyone has questions.
Just where has Juliette been all this time, and what has she been doing? As her secrets start to be revealed, the enormity of the events in Juliette’s life begin to take hold and threaten to devastate her life all over again.