I’ve Loved You So Long

I’ve Loved You So Long

(PG-13; 115 min.) It takes serious talent to make depression andguilt look interesting, and Kristin Scott Thomas has this talent in abundance.Her Juliette has just been released from a French prison after 15 years. Shehas come to live with her estranged sister, Léa (a poised and beautiful ElsaZylberstein), and her multiculti brood; Léa has a Slavic husband (anunderwritten character who eventually all but vanishes), a Russian grandfatherrendered mute by a stroke and a brace of adopted Vietnamese kids. Slowly,Juliette learns to trust and to laugh again, but this gradual gentling alsomeans facing the circumstances of her crime. Director Philippe Claudel’sessential humanism and clarity defiy melodrama—up until the end. It’s disappointingto eventually learn the reasons Juliette went to jail. She already has ourpardon, and the secret she turns out to have kept all those years scarcelymerited the keeping. Still, this is a touching, honorable film—not at alldepressing, despite the title. Incidentally, we can tell we’re not in Parisfrom the gregariousness of the citizens. There are some places you would loveto visit, not for the architecture but for the people; Claudel makes the cityof Nancy one of those places. (RvB)



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