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A Very Long Engagement
Never let go
In 1919, Mathilde was 19 years old. Two years earlier, her fiancé Manech left for the front at the Somme. Like millions of others he was "killed on the field of battle." It's written in black and white on the official notice. But Mathilde refuses to believe it. If Manech had died, she would know. She hangs on to her intuition as tightly as she would onto the last thread of hope linking her to her lover. A former sergeant tells her in vain that Manech died in the no man's land of a trench named Bingo Crepescule, in the company of four other men condemned to die for self-inflicted wounds. Her path ahead is full of obstacles but Mathilde is not frightened. Anything is possible to someone who is willing to challenge fate...
Aside from Alien Resurrection, penned by Joss Whedon, the other three Juneut films I’d seen all had writing input from Jeunet himself. From my reading, it usually was the original story that sprung from Juneut’s ‘original’ mind. For me, what makes a Jeunet film is that combination of absurdist story married with his trademark dream-like surreal photography. Alien Resurrection had neither, and I found that quite dissapointing. This is why I went into A Very Long Engagement with a bit of trepidation.
Adapted from a romantic novel set in World War I France, A Very Long Engagement tells the tale of our protagonist, Mathilda, and her journey of hope to find her true love and finance, Manech. Mathilda has received…
Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet Amélie has reunited with the star of that wonderful film Audrey Tautou for this drama, set during some of World War 1's darkest days and it's aftermath. It's a French film, but there are several faces worldwide audiences are sure to recognize. Especially watching it now.
A Very Long Engagement is the story of one young woman's relentless search for her fiancé Manech (Gaspard Ulliel), who disappeared from the trenches of the Somme during WW1 after being court martialed with 4 other men for self mutilation. Soldiers used this as a tactic to get sent home, but when caught were sentenced to death.
Much like he did with Amélie, Jeunet relies heavily on Audrey Tautou's performance. This…
A Very Long Engagement is a story that takes place during and after 'World War 1' it starts out with with four men being marched through high water in the trenches during combat, the men sentenced to death for "self mutilation" some by accident. their punishment is for them to go to war a part called "no mans land" as it unfolds the story is one of two people's love. "Manech and Mathilde" mainly Mathilde's [Audrey Tautou] fight to see exactly what happened in battle to her fiance Manech [Gaspard Ulliel]. This an amazing love story, with stunning cinematography. with a performance by Audrey Tautou that i will not soon forget, you tend to hang emotionally on to her every feeling, when she smiled i smiled. gut wrenchingly painful at times, held together by great performances, and beautiful scenery. i absolutely loved this film!
"Manech loves Mathilde, Mathilde loves Manech!"
A Very Long Engagement is epic, is Amelie love story set in David FIncher's Zodiac, or like I read before Amelie goes to war. Is hard to point out the film in a specific category, Jean-Pierre Jeunet brought the complete box of toys for this epic adventure. A Very Long Engagement is an amazing piece of cinema, an inspiring love story, is what James Cameron wanted Titanic to achieve but fail miserably at it.
Audrey Tautou is amazing, she brought sweetness and character to Mathilde, the performance at moments was heartbreaking, you laugh when she laughs and cry when she cries, amazing performance in every…
A Very Long Engagement is the 2004 film from the Amelie crew, including director Jean-Pierre Jeunet and actress Audrey Tautou. It concerns a young fiance's search for answers after word gets back her lover has been lost at the front. It elegantly captures the ugliness of World War One's trench warfare, yet is curiously uninvolving after the mystery is solved.
As the movie opens, we see four men being marched along a trench, ankle deep in water as the rain pours down. We are sequentially introduced to each of the condemned men, as they were sentenced to death for "self mutilation", some on purpose and some by accident. This death penalty was invoked to keep others from trying to get…
On the surface of course this is a very beautiful film to look at. Beneath that, there almost isn't much of anything else.
I could make an easy joke mocking the title like "More like A Very Long Movie!" or "A Very Boring Engagement" but it doesn't deserve that. I can see why and how this would bring some people to a very emotional place, and make it all worth the journey, but I wasn't feeling it.
Except for when Marion makes a discovery near the end and tears up, but that's just because it's her and that's what she can do to me when she's not crashing…
Beautifully crafted drama set duri9ng the First World War, A Very Long Engagement is a surprising film that is simple in its story telling, but boasts wonderful performances that elevate the film significantly. This is the type of film where you just get sucked into its plot, and it doesn’t let go till the very end. The characters are very good, interesting and developed and it makes for a highly memorable genre film that if you enjoy the genre, you’ll find much to appreciate here. The performances are rich in emotion, and I found myself surprised at how good the film was, and this is not normally a film I would enjoy, but the way things came together in the…
Amelie: The War Years. A little too long, and not quite engaging enough, but still more charming than most.
Absolutely fantastic, I'm overwhelmed.
A Very Long Engagement 2004 (7.7) Country: France | USA
My second favorite war film of all time and a sweet, brilliant romance with an engaging mystery at its core. From the stunning cinematography, to the precise editing, to the excellent and likable characters (all of them, smallest part on up to the main star), to the perfect casting, this lush, beautiful movie has not one fault.
"He knew the poor build the cannons of their own destruction, but it's the rich who sell them"
Jean-Pierre Jeunet's "A Very Long Engagement" is a delicious candy for the eye. Bruno Delbonnel keeps proving himself to be one the giants cinematographers currently working.
The story resembles so much to Amelie that sometimes feels like we know what's going to happen. A Very Long Engagement tries its hardest to achieve the same magic and charm Amelie managed to convey so beautifully.
It is a story of hard-determined love and never giving up, which develops itself through an unappealing mystery, which keeps its main character, due to her physical disability, having to people solve it for her. Thus, its conclusion feels…
I love this film. Direction, camera work, colors, soundtrack, acting, plot - such an awesome film from start to finish.
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