“The presence of Kristin Scott Thomas in Philippe Claudel‘s I’ve Loved You So Long is so powerfully distinctive,” the Guardian‘s Peter Bradshaw notes, “that it’s as if Claudel has not merely written the lead role for her, but extrapolated his film’s entire narrative structure from Scott Thomas’s personality.

Elsa Zylberstein, Kristin Scott-Thomas in I’ve Loved You So Long

“Her formidable bilingual presence, her beauty — elegant and drawn in early middle age — her air of hypersensitive awareness of all the tiny absurdities and indignities with which she is surrounded, coupled with a drolly lenient reticence: it all creates an intelligent, observant drama about dislocation, fragility and the inner pain of unshakeable memories. Scott Thomas is on screen for almost every minute of the film, often in close-up and her face is at once eloquent and deeply withdrawn.”