Il Y’A Longtemps Que Je T’Aime – **1/2

Posted: July 1, 2011 in Drama, France, XX1/2


On my list for a while now, I finally saw Il Y A Longtemps Que Je T’Aime. I always thought it was a strange title for a movie, but it’s referring to a line of French children’s song that they play at one moment on the piano. But it’s also referring to the relationship between two sisters who’ve been out of sight for 15 years. One because she was imprisoned for murder and the other because her parents told her her sister had died.

The movie starts out a bit as a thriller. Even though you know it’s not going to be a thriller, you do want to know why she was in prison for 15 years and if she will be recidivist. However it all turns out just to be a drama about redemption. Kirsten Scott Thomas was nominated for an Oscar (even though this is a French movie) and won a Cesar for her role. And rightfully so. She is terrific. She really makes you believe she spent 15 ears in prison. But Elisa Zylberstein is also great. She won a Cesar for her performance by the way.

Yet, it’s a drama where in the end nothing really happens. It’s great to watch the two sisters (inter)act. And you do think about the situation, which is always a plus. A great movie should make you think. But it also should entertain and that’s where the movie fails a little bit. Apart from the acting and the situation, there’s not so much to look at. This could have easily been a television movie. Just saw the trailer of a new movie of Steven Spielberg where she zooms into the eyelid of a horse and you see what’s happening in the reflection of it. Now that’s what you won’t get to see in this movie. That’s not necessary, but I’m just saying.


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