Friday, March 20, 2009

I've Loved You So Long

I'm in agreement with this take on I've Loved You So Long, in which Kristin Scott Thomas plays a woman trying to restart her life after 15 years in prison while living with her sister (Elsa Zylberstein) and her family. Thomas keeps the blinds closed as an actress, which on a certain level is appropriate for the character but still comes off as the same sexy haughtiness she has always had. There's one great moment that occurs at one of those wine-soaked liberal dinner parties that only occur in French movies in which Thomas's character humiliates a table full of her sister's unwitting friends, but not enough time is spent on the minutiae of reentering a world that has kept going without you for a decade and a half. The surprise of the last few minutes isn't earned, and I'm not sure that it even makes sense on a literal level. I Loved You So Long actually needs a few of those "moments" that we often love non-Hollywood films for not having. (Humanizing the Vacuum)

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