In an 11.12 L.A. Times piece, John Horn speaks with I’ve Loved You So Long star Kristin Scott Thomas and observes that “if the audience detects that Scott Thomas doesn’t fully believe in the character, the whole thing could unravel in a maudlin mess.” And KST says, “I was terrified of that. If there was one thing that I am terrified of, it’s sentimentality.

“And I really didn’t want people to see an actress forgiving a character, saying, ‘I am going to show you this person but I am actually really nice.’ I wanted it to be raw.” Which is one reason, perhaps the reason, why her performance, for me, is the stuff of legend.