Rarely do head and heart coalesce to such sublime effect in film as in "I've Loved You For So Long", the debut feature by Philippe Claudel, who directs like a veteran. Drawing from his background as a novelist and screenwriter, Claudel definitely put his heart and soul into the script to ensure that no scene is gratuitous, no shot is sloppily composed, and every line from the key characters is nuanced to shed light on the past and future of their development.
Kristin Scott Thomas deserves an award for her stupendous turn as a woman released from prison trying to rebuild her relationship with her estranged sister, and regain her place in society. The rest of the cast provide solid support in enhancing her performance. The film's tasteful, continental flavor should play to discerning audiences in and outside of European art houses. Festivals ignore this at their own loss.