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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 way possible.
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.
An intricately plotted visual poetry which delineates the romantic journey of a woman who is on an inexorable quest to find her fiancé who was presumed dead as the part of a trench warfare in the World War One. It requires a lot of attention span to appreciate the triumph of this composite screenplay which goes back-and-forth into present and past happenings and mystery unravelling involving the lives of five soldiers which includes the fiancé of the protagonist too, all which were narrated by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, with utmost sincerity like a chef-d'oeuvre being personified and it ends on a stupefying note despite the fact we can see it coming all the way.
The war sequences that were canned illustrating the…
Audrey Tautou is great in this drama which looks into the death of her husband in the First World War
An outstanding, compelling story that is party mystery, part war movie, and all love story.
Mathilde (Tatou) is not sure whether her fiance Manech (Ulliel) is dead or alive after being lost in World War One. While all signs point to his death, Mathilde holds out hope, and launches her own ad hoc investigation.
The film starts by setting up the war angle, then shifting to Mathilde's search. Everything then unfolds, showing small events of the war, revealing bits of clues, then revealing them even further. And while some of the particulars of the search are kind of hard to follow, it is all very well-structured, like an epic novel.
The point, I suppose, is that hope should never ever…
Original Title: Un Long Dimanche De Fiancailles
Jean-Pierre Jeunet's movies always look great (at least of the three other ones I have seen). They all have a similarly unique visual style. There are a lot of characters to keep track of in this one, which made it a bit confusing for me at first. But once I got a handle on everyone, and the story in general, it became a pretty fun ride. But be forewarned as some of the war scenes are extremely realistic, even brutal at times.
See this is the kind of film Audrey Tatou should do. Audrey, and that fabulous woman Marion Cotillard. I also loved most of the supporting cast. The acting was fabulous.
But there were wayyyyy too many elements in the film. You know? Extreme gore (pretty sure I'll have nightmares), that dry french humour, the romance, the kids and animals, the emotion, the sepia tint, the satire, and on top of all this, a soundtrack that was just...too reminiscent of Interstellar. Yeah, I know. Basically, they tried to make it a grand war film, yet tried to ground it with the detective theme/mystery and human touches, and that JUST did NOT work for me. And I'm very concerned about nightmares from all the gore. I'd watch the movie again, especially since my standard of French just wasn't enough to keep up (ugh ugh ugh), but man, it's a tough movie to watch.
Still worth a rewatch. With English subtitles.
The story tells of a young woman's relentless search for her fiancée, who has disappeared from the trenches of the Somme during World War One.
Sumptuous cinematic storytelling with a touching and magical, but never too sentimental love story. Probably all made to fit the star's character, who once again is wonderful.
Just a note on the German title: It's once again a sad indication for the German cinema situation that the distributors mistrusted the commercial appeal of the original film title. So, while the international English title is an accurate translation, the Germans were confronted with: Mathilde - A Big Love
I saw this in 2004. I thought it had a lot of good qualities but by the end I felt disappointed and some flaws detracted from the whole. I will watch it again at some point.
Of course my favorite film about war is a Jean-Pierre Jeunet romance drama.
Unfortunately, unlike Mathilde, I gave up hope long before the final credits. Among a brilliant cast, the stunning Audrey Tautou brings to life this sepia war mystery, with undertones of romance. At times of revelation within the film's mystery storyline, I would sigh an excited "Ahh", as if a puzzle piece had finally found its place. At other times, I was piecing together who was who among the vast array of characters. I found that due to the minimal time we see Manech and Mathilde together, as well as the lengthiness of the film, I couldn't fully appreciate the romantic elements. The major let down for me personally was the length of the film- it tended to drag at times, which, in turn, let me down emotionally. A Very Long Engagement can be dark, but it as just as quirky and original as Amelie.
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