Juliette is released after having spent fifteen years in prison. She has not had any contact with her family during those fifteen years because they refused to have anything to do with her. Her younger sister, Léa, decides to take her in. She lives in Nancy with her husband Luc and two adopted daughters. Juliette’s long imprisonment and the difference in age mean that the two women are more or less strangers. Nonetheless, when the social worker approached Léa about Juliette, she immediately agreed to let her sister come and live with her.
Juliette is withdrawn and cold at first, preferring to spend most of her time alone. But Léa does her best to make her stay as pleasant as possible. The new situation makes her husband Luc feel uneasy, but the two adopted daughters are delighted about their new aunt. Theirs is a large house, and the family often have guests staying with them. Michel, Léa’s charming colleague, and Samir and Kaïsha, a couple who have emigrated, all help Juliette return to a normal way of life, while Léa discovers just how much she has missed the sister about whom she feels so terribly guilty. Gradually, the two women succeed in rebuilding the trust that time has destroyed as they learn to conquer the secrets and things left unsaid that so brutally tore them apart. Philippe Claudel: “This is a film about the strength of women; about their ability to shine, to reinvent themselves and come alive again. It is a story about secrets and about being caged in. About the way in which we are all caged in.” –Berlinale
Philippe Claudel (born February 2, 1962), is a French writer and film director.
Claudel was born in Dombasle-sur-Meurthe, Meurthe-et-Moselle. In addition to his writing, Claudel is a Professor of Literature at the University of Nancy.
He directed the 2008 film I’ve Loved You So Long (Il y a longtemps que je t’aime). Much admired, it won the 2009 BAFTA for the best film not in English.
After studying in Nancy, he remained there, and for eleven years worked as teacher in prisons. Contact with his students inspired short stories, novels and then screenplays. He has said that the experience made him give up his simple opinions about people, about guilt, about the necessity to judge others. “It’s clear to me now that it would have been impossible for me to write a novel like Brodeck’s Report or Grey Souls, to make a movie like I’ve Loved You So Long, if I hadn’t been in jail.”
His best-known work to date is the novel Les Âmes grises (Grey Souls), which won the… read more
A pragmatic and well reasoned character study, coolly and sensibly developed. The lack of interpolated pop songs over the narrative makes one realise how inane and lazy so much of modern film-making is with clumsy emotive underlining; this film quietly gets on with the craft of storytelling and is all the better for it
Juliette é uma das melhores personagens do cinema. Com um pequeno martelinho, Kristin Scott Thomas a desconstrói tijolo a tijolo até chegar ao clímax, quando as duas irmãs acertar suas contas com o passado e Juliette finalmente libera o que guardou durante 15 anos. Bárbaro é descobrir o alter-ego do diretor, incorporado no colega de Léa e que se torna confidente de Juliette. Um filme como poucos. Nota: A+
I’ve Loved You So Long, atau Il Y A Longtemps Que Je T’aime untuk judul aslinya, adalah sebuah film Perancis yang dirilis pada tahun 2008 lalu.
Dibintangi aktris Inggris, Kristin Scott Thomas… read review
As soon as Kristen Scott-Thomas appears, I know that she has a lot going on inside her (How does an actor convey this?)—so much so that I really wanted to know what it was. What’s great about the film… read review