5 Oct 2008

Il y a longtemps que je t’aime,

Kristen Scott Thomas (Four Weddings and a Funeral, A Handful of Dust, The English Patient, The Horse Whisperer and The Other Boleyn Girl) stars in this soulful movie. Aptly subtitled, ‘It is a longtime that I love you’, it is about a woman who spent fifteen years in prison and the subsequent reunion with her sister after her release. I won’t detail the plot as it is one of those movies that reveals the facts slowly and only uncovers the core of the tragedy at the end.

Kristin Scott Thomas’ performance is heart wrenching as a woman returning to civilian life after her incarceration and Elsa Zylberstein, who plays her sister, is equally as strong in the supporting role. I have seen most of Kristin Scott Thomas’ movies and also I have watched her perform on the stage in London so I am a bit of a fan – but always in the English language. She was just as impressive and believable speaking in French albeit with a slight English accent. I admire her ability to express profound emotion in a second language.
This is not the movie to see if you are down in the dumps, but if you feel like a solid dose of drama (can handle subtitles) and don’t mind the emotional turmoil, it is superb.  

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Millie

This is my kind of movie Vicki – thanks for the recommendation. I'll even try to close my eyes as best as I can, not read the subs & see how much French langauge I can understand/remember!
Millie ^_^

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My Notting Hill

I’ve always admired Kristen Scott Thomas too. I’ll watch for this on Netflix – thanks for the heads up not to watch it when you’re down in the dumps. I can recommend a very good German film about two brothers who go to Japan. It’s called Enlightenment Guaranteed and it’s a great movie if you need a pick me-up. Meaningful and joyous in it’s own way.

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