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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…
Jeunet’s follow-up to the incomparable Amélie is a transcendent romance, a complex mystery (with no shortage of whimsy) and a chilling evocation of the horror and futility of war, as Mathilde (Audrey Tautou) searches for her fiancé, one of five soldiers sentenced to death for desertion at Bingo Crépuscule three years earlier. It’s an extraordinarily successful melding of apparently incompatible moods and genres, full of vividly-drawn supporting characters (Marion Cotillard’s vengeful prostitute, Jodie Foster’s selfless wife) and featuring one of the only good trump-related gags in all of cinema (“Doggie fart, gladdens the heart”). It’s also beautifully shot, scored and acted – a treat for the eyes, ears and soul.
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…
Buscar. Las búsquedas son un remedo de nuestros propios olvidos. Buscamos lo que sabemos, intuimos no vamos a encontrar, y no queremos hallar. Sin embargo buscamos, no renunciamos. Esta es la historia de Audrey Tautou (Mathilde) y Gaspard Ulliel (Manech Langonnet). La fábula de una búsqueda y una espera que nació siendo un amor de niños que solo se tenían a sí mismos. Una espera que tiene a Mathilde como indiscreta fisgona en busca de su Manech, y a Francia como una dama con sobre peso. Como se van entrelazando personajes extraordinarios en la gran siesta del domingo sin Manech. Es una película de contrastes entre lo explicito de la guerra y el cuento que Mathilde va forjando para hallar…
Finding Audrey Tautou to be an excruciating presence in any movie really hamstrings my enjoyment of this frivolous romance set against the futility and horrors of The Great War. Where others might have found her delusional limping around France eliciting sympathy in the aid of her deception to be charming I simply wanted pain to befall her at every step of the journey - that she doesn't crash to the floor whilst stood on tiptoes teetering on the edge of the wheelchair that she is pretending to need in order to emotionally manipulate a long term family friend is one of A Very Long Engagement's major disappointments.
The ratfaced one aside Jeunet is done no favours by the excessive length…
A Very Long Engagement is World War I told in a way that only Jean-Pierre Jeunet could tell it. It's a film that travels deep into a rabbit hole, with a convoluted whimsical plot. While the tone of the film fluctuates between hilarious and melancholy, and the quirkyness of Jeuenet works well for this otherwise serious drama. The story is a pretty heavy fictionalization of serious topics. I wouldn't go into this film expecting to learn anything, but it engaged me in World War I in a way that only the film Gallipoli has.
Visually, it's so beautiful. Every frame is dappled in a golden yellow or greenish light. Jeunet has a some very impressive shots here and I really…
Tells the story of a young woman's relentless search for her fiancé, who has disappeared from the trenches of the Somme during World War One. - IMDb
Jean-Pierre Jeunet is one of my favourite directors, purely for the fact that he made my equal favourite movie of all time, Le fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain (aka Amélie). Not only that, but he makes some other pretty damn terrific films like this one, A Very Long Engagement.
There are many ways that you can use to describe his films, but one of the main ones that I always come back to is that they are 'joy wrapped in tragedy'. They have that quirky element that I love and only a feel that…
Does it hurt when you walk?
Beautiful, poignant, resonant and shocking.
These four words cannot fully capture the experience this film puts the audience through, but they come close.
Beautiful: not only these superb French actors but the scenery, cinematography, the FOOD, it looks so good I could almost smell and taste it, I wanted to reach in to the frame and grab those glorious crepes, dip them into some scrumptious french cocoa, or whatever it was he was drinking. OMG yum. Audrey Tautou is perfectly beautiful, along with all the dialogue and soundtrack that so wonderfully complements everything about this film.
Poignant: I've been listening to Dan Carlin's Hardcore History on World War 1, so this couldn't have been…
17 October 2015 ★★★★☆
Hope Is a Waking Dream
Watched this a long time ago and forgot the movie, might need repeat viewing
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…