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I've Loved You So Long (2008)
"Il y a longtemps que je t'aime" (original title)

PG-13  |   |  Drama  |  20 February 2009 (USA)
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A woman struggles to interact with her family and find her place in society after spending fifteen years in prison.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Laurent Grévill ...
Capitaine Fauré
Lise Ségur ...
P'tit Lys
Jean-Claude Arnaud ...
Papy Paul
Mouss ...
Samir (as Mouss Zouheyri)
Souad Mouchrik ...
Nicole Dubois ...
DRH hôpital
Catherine Hosmalin ...
Conseillère d'insertion
Laurent Claret ...
Directeur hôpital
Marcel Ouendeno ...
Gérard Barbonnet ...
Monsieur Lucien
Jérémie Covillault ...
Jeune inspecteur


Juliette was 15 years in prison. Confronted with the unexpected goodness of her younger sister Léa, who makes Juliette a part of her family, very slowly breaks up Juliette's ice and bitterness and she carefully opens up. Written by Anonymous

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic material and smoking | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

20 February 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hace mucho que te quiero  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£116,990 (UK) (26 September 2008)


$3,167,876 (USA) (17 April 2009)

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1.85 : 1
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The note written by Juliette's dead son, which Lea finds by accident, reads: "Un jardin sous la plui c'est doux triste come moi sans toi. Maman je veux pas que tu meure jamais. On sera ensemble toujours. Tu es mon amour. Ton petit Pierre". (A garden under the rain is sweet sad like me without you. Mama I don't want you to die ever. We'll be together always. You are my love. Your little Pierre.) See more »


P'tit Lys: The prince went slowly through the forest. His beautiful horse was silent. The sky was taking on the color of roses. "Will I be in time?" the prince wondered. He remembered what the magician had told him. "Night is your only enemy. Once it has cast its cloak of darkness over the world and you cannot tell the shadow of a dog from that of a wolf, you will know it is too late and that your beautiful lady is lost forever. Hurry if you love her." The prince's heart was pounding.
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References The Shop Around the Corner (1940) See more »


Meunier, Tu Dors
Traditional French
Performed by Kristin Scott Thomas, Elsa Zylberstein, Serge Hazanavicius and Lise Ségur
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This movie hits the emotional spot with great precision.
4 April 2008 | by (Belgium) – See all my reviews

This movie succeeds in presenting believable characters through life-like dialogs and superior acting. Despite its heavy emotional load, it never degrades into a tear-jerker. Perhaps it makes a difference whether you are a parent yourself as a viewer, I could not tell, but after returning home, I did feel like giving the kids a loving cuddle. This movie will linger for a while in my mind. It seems to me that Philippe Claudel is not just a very observing novelist, but also a good director, capable of a lot of empathy with the human condition. Anyone looking for light entertainment should stay out of the movie theater where this movie is playing, but if you are interested in a subtle emphatic presentation of characters, you should not miss this.

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