Cutesy stylistic flourishes break in a little too often for us to hold on to the very real horror inspired by the scenes in the trenches. The generally deadpan performances are likewise undermined by others that tend toward excess and caricature.
Amazing cinematography and the yellow-tinted old photo feel sets a tone the story and cast further enchant, and again all those small touches of humour and humanity from director Jeunet adds to its (a tad long) enjoyment.
Rewatch-probability: 3 - Maybe
story, reviews, director Jeunet/1, Audrey.T/7
When Manech, a conscript in WWI, is presumed dead, his fiancée refuses to give up hope and goes on a long search for her lover.
As with Amélie, Jeunet combines imaginative storytelling with superb filmmaking, an old-fashioned romanticism and the charms of Audrey Tatou. It’s a film that moves from great scene to great scene, often leaving you awestruck with its giddy celebration of style.
And yet, there is a void at its center: we see a woman move heaven…
Four stars was what I was going to give, but that would have been biased. The cinematography was a delicate sepia feast, but the reeling, entangling character web based storyline was dizzying.
Seeing this at a time in my life when I relied heavily on signs and timing and fate, it moved me more than it did the group of friends I watched it with. More than eight years later, those friends have detached farther and farther away, while this movie continued to stay.
Vi los primeros 15min de la película y me ha atrapado. Jean-Pierre Jeunet es de los pocos que puede hacer escenas de sexo que sean lo mas anti-erótico pero que lleguen a ser en cierto modo tiernas....
acabo de terminar de verla y quede sin palabras, no se si sera porque soy mujer y los films de este estilo me enloquecen y hacen que pierda la objetividad o sera que ese es el propósito.
La fotografía, el…
This movie captured my attention because it was directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet the director from Amélie.
And although i cant say this is a bad movie,i cant say it is a good one.I simply was curious at all by the mystery.
Yes it is well crafted,yes it as good cinematography and yes the war scenes are good,the problem is that i dint care for the characters or the all mystery.
A Very Long MOVIE, but then again, Jeunet's beautifully directed film is as richly and complexly constructed and nuanced as any period piece, love story, war movie and noir mystery before it. Every last minute is needed to make a film like this work when all four genres are simultaneously at play. And work it does... eventually. Like my experience with Syriana shortly before I saw this, this is the type of story that demands attention and patience, but it's duly rewarding in the end due to Audrey Tautou's equally sweet and strong performance that serves as the glue that holds the ambitious plot together throughout.
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…
"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…
I just cannot describe this film. Pure perfection. Just see it, it is so magical, so visually beautiful, and the ending is so wonderful. Gaspard Ulliel and Audrey Tautou are phenomenal and Marion Cotillard gave one of her best performances too.Also I cannot miss Jodie Foster's perfect French. And the landscapes and nature shots from all over France are fantastic. This is one of the films that have to be felt, not described. Just see it.
Jean-Pierre Jeunet's reprise his collaboration with actress Audrey Tautou in A Very Long Engagement, after the great success with Amelie. To bad that this is exactly the same movie, only dressed up in a military camouflage. The movie is set in France, right after the first world war. Mathilde who's engage to her boyfriend, Manech, who's missing, and no one knows if he's dead or alive. As in Amelie we get to go deep into the characters private life and…