• Matias Dahlbäck

    ★★★★½ Rewatched by Matias Dahlbäck 27 Apr, 2016

    I'm a sucker for this. It's an alternative reality thing, a France where everything is so very... French.

    The good
    + When Mathilde runs to get to the bend before the car, I run with her.

    The bad
    - 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...

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  • Charlie

    ★★½ Watched by Charlie 19 Apr, 2016

    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…

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  • EvanstonDad

    ★★★½ Added by EvanstonDad

    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…

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  • André Belo

    ★★★½ Watched by André Belo 01 Apr, 2016

    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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  • GPLNY

    Added by GPLNY

    Groton Public Library

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  • LifeQuest

    ★★★★½ Watched by LifeQuest 22 Jul, 2015

    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!

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  • pstead

    ★★★★½ Watched by pstead 28 Feb, 2016

    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.

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  • jto111

    ★★★½ Added by jto111

    A sweet drama starring Audrey Tautou.

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  • Ismael Carrasco

    ★★★½ Added by Ismael Carrasco

    Cult

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  • Ricardo Julio Gallipoli

    ★★★★½ Rewatched by Ricardo Julio Gallipoli 05 Feb, 2016

    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…

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  • bbbgtoby

    ★★½ Watched by bbbgtoby 29 Jan, 2016

    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…

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  • PleinSoleil

    ★★★★ Watched by PleinSoleil 14 Jan, 2016

    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…

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