Scarlett Johansson on Kristin Scott Thomas in ‘I’ve Loved You So Long’

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From the first shot, her face is this incredible vessel of her emotions. You can see the character’s whole inner monologue in her face. She is playing the character of the Silent One, and through her silence she acts as a catalyst for all our sympathies and grief. In her silence you could hear her screaming from the inside out. Kristin Scott Thomas plays a person who has had little or no human reaction in 15 years. She lets her character be almost childlike; she has no filter, there’s no bullshit factor. Things just come out of her while she bottles up this secret. The performance is so suspenseful.

The film tells a small story, but I was clinging to the edge of my seat waiting for her to explode. You know it is coming. Her performance has an incredible arc and you have the whole evolution of her character. She begins as a voyeur in a way, and is living life from the outside, and then with these relationships with the police officer and her niece and her sister, she realizes that these relationships with loved ones is what keeps you alive and gives you purpose. It’s a beautiful journey.

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