I'VE LOVED YOU SO LONG written and directed by Philippe Claudel, with Kristin Scott Thomas, Elsa Zylberstein, Serge Hazanavicius, Laurent Grévill and Frédéric Pierrot. A Mongrel Media release. 117 minutes. Subtitled. Opens Friday (November 7). For venues and times, see Movies. Rating: NNN
I've Loved You So Long features an absolutely fantastic Kristin Scott Thomas as a woman reunited with her sister (Elsa Zylberstein) after a 15-year separation.
There isn't a single thing Scott Thomas does that seems excessive or actorly; she's utterly natural and convincing. But the movie in which she gives that amazing performance is a contrived melodrama riddled with shaky allegories, unnecessary speeches and clumsy plotting designed to pay off in a climactic revelation that makes less sense the more it's discussed.
I'd love to have seen the movie Scott Thomas thought she was making.