French actress Zylberstein called SheKnows to discuss the film that is garnering serious raves. Thomas' performance is grippingly extraordinary in Loved You So Long and her acting volley partner on every level is Zylberstein.
The film is French and is in many ways carves its own genre: the sibling thriller.
Juliette (Scott Thomas) has been absent from her family's radar for 15 years. Her younger sister Lea, (Zylberstein) takes her into her home and thus begins a journey of familial discovery that is equally compelling as complex.
With Lea's little girls so vulnerable, her worries are many about the sister she hardly knows moving into her what appears to be 'happy home.'
SheKnows: When an actress sees a part like that, one specifically designed for you, does it make you nervous tackling the character?
Elsa Zylberstein: Oh, no. When you're an actress you're just dying to get good material. That's the only key. These two parts are great because I think they were both in jail in a way. My part is in jail too, morally, she pretends that her life is going well and the minute her sister comes into her life, everything is shaken. Everything goes wrong. She's happy, but guilty. It's a very ambiguous character. That was interesting and I'm very proud of that. To have a part that has layers. There are so many colors.
SheKnows: I would think it would be inspiring to dive into that.
Elsa Zylberstein: It was.
SheKnows: At the same time, it is such an emotional stirring film. Does it ever come home with you after a day on the set?
Elsa Zylberstein: Always. All my parts come home with me. I don't think you can do it any other way. I was very fragile when I did this movie. You open your heart on a tightrope. You bring who you are because those are your emotions.
SheKnows: So many times in film we are witnessing two characters who are not related who discover each other. In Loved You So Long, they are strangers who in fact are related.
Elsa Zylberstein: It brings up blood. What does it mean to be from the same family? How far can you go from each other? In the film she goes to prison for 15 years and I visit her once. But, in my head, I never forget her.
SheKnows: For you as an actress for this to work as effectively as it does, the person who plays your sister, the chemistry between you two is just incredible. I'm curious, have you ever met Kristin before this film
Elsa Zylberstein: We've met from time to time at parties. We met for the movie once. The director didn't want us to meet.
SheKnows: That's probably best.
Elsa Zylberstein: Yeah, we did one reading, but a flat reading. It went really well.
SheKnows: By the end of this thing, did you guys develop a sort of kinship?
Elsa Zylberstein: It's weird. We had on this movie between us. I haven't seen her in a while, she's in New York doing a play, but of course, I think we're two very involved in committed actress and of course, it creates something special when you've played such a part with someone.
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