Ron Millennor, Executive Sports Producer
Silence is golden for Kristen Scott Thomas in I've Loved You So Long...unfortunately not Oscar gold, even though her performance is every bit as strong as Kate Winslet's Hanna Schmitz in the Reader. It's not words that make Scott Thomas' performance so mesmerizing, it's simply a look. A look so wrought with pain and anguish that you feel for her the moment she first appears on screen.
Scott Thomas plays Julliette, who is reunited with her sister Lea (played wonderfully by Elsa Zylberstein) after spending 15 years in prison. That's the big mystery, why was she locked up? I won't spoil it here other than to say the sisters are trying to mend old wounds caused by Julliette's crime. Lea, who slightly fears yet loves her sister, invites Julliette to live with her and her family while she acclimates herself back into society.
Eventually Julliette begins to rise out of her cloud of despair, she bonds with Lea's husband and their two adopted Vietnamese daughters, gets a job, even a boyfriend, yet she still shoulders a big burden...the truth.
Lea, quite by accident, stumbles upon the heartbreaking reason why her sister was imprisoned. She confronts Julliette in an incredibly powerful and poignant scene that's just devastating, and no doubt will have you reaching for a tissue. The truth finally allows Julliette to celebrate the freedom she's been looking for for last 15 years.
There aren't many performances you can call perfect...Scott Thomas' is. The sad truth is not many people will see this movie simply because it's French and subtitled. I think that's the reason why she wasn't nominated for an Oscar. Do yourself a favor, catch this little miracle of a film while it's still in a theater...I promise, you'll love it so long.