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Aro Favourite I've Loved You So Long

 

aka: Il y a longtemps que je t'aime
France 2008, 117 minutes
Dir. Philippe Claudel
In French with English subtitles
Rating: [M]
Genres: Foreign Cinema, Drama

 

Aroview: Gratifying, melancholy French drama featuring a career-best performance by Kristen Scott-Thomas as an enigmatic woman struggling to fit back into society after spending 15 years in prison for an "unforgivable" crime.

As she settles in with her estranged younger sister, past circumstances gradually rise to the fore, with various characters (and the audience alike) asked to confront their moral prejudices as she awkwardly tries to adjust to normal life. A significant box-office hit in France and in art houses around the world, this is influenced by the Dardenne Brothers' no-frills dramas of concealment, with broader appeal ensured by the middle-class milieu and the luminous Scott-Thomas, whose control here proves worthy of native screen doyennes like Juliette Binoche and Isabelle Huppert.

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