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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…
"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…
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!
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…
I'm a sucker for this. It's an alternative reality thing, a France where everything is so very... French.
+ When Mathilde runs to get to the bend before the car, I run with her.
- A bit too similar to while not as good as Le fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain. Standing on its own I think it's great, but I felt it invites to comparisons so...
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
This is the reason why I don't watch many french films. Very very long and for what exactly ? I felt cheated. The story is beautiful, the actors fantastic (I mean Audrey Tautou and Gaspard Uliel ♥) but still this is a two hour long film about a young french girl (Mathilde) looking for her lover (Manech) who went to war because she just "knows" he's still alive. Of course the viewer knows he still is too otherwise no one would go through with watching all of this. Ends up she finds him but he's got amnesia. Not satisfactory at all.
Because it is so centred around Mathilde, I would have appreciated to know more about her feelings, how she copes... It wasn't raw enough for my liking.
The team that brought us "Amelie" have tried to strike gold twice, but they don't succeed. The same busy, dazzling style that made "Amelie" so unique is not as snug a fit with this sweeping, melodramatic tale of undying love set against the backdrop of WWI. The film makers try too often for whimsy, but that's not really what this story needs, and I was confused about what I was supposed to be feeling--in one scene there'll be a dog farting for humorous effect and in the next someone is getting his hand blown off in gory detail.
Audrey Tautou proves herself to be a less than compelling screen presence. On the basis of her performance here, one has to…
About this film, all I can say is that the title matches it's length. I mean, I think it didn't have to be that way, regarding a few unnecessary long scenes. And also, I couldn't help comparing it to 'Amélie', which, curiously, was directed by the same person. I found some parallels on both cores. I believe you could find them too. Nevertheless, 'A Very Long Engagement' is a beautiful story about love, will power and hope.
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I really enjoyed this epic film, and I liked how the message in the story seemed to be "make love, not war." World War I was such a terrible time, and it was so easy for people to lose touch with their loved ones. It gives me hope for mankind when I see a story where love triumphs over violence. It gives me hope to see a woman struggle so hard for her true love. This film had some very powerful performances! If only more people could learn to love like the main characters in this story! I see a better future where love defeats war!
The film Wes Anderson wishes he made.
The incredible thing about this French movie is the amount of detail that goes into the tiniest, most insignificant shot. It is nothing here, to use a shot of a full army wading across a fantastically, lovingly created historical landscape, just to illustrate a few words in a sentence. this detail reaches into the screenplay too, with very short seemingly irrelevant episodes enlivened by strokes of intelligent, sharp comedy. It's a classic, though I think the engagement might have coped with being 15 minutes shorter.
A sweet drama starring Audrey Tautou.
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