A Very Long Engagement

MPN: 085393897222
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Description
This World War I mystery finds limitless beauty in the nostalgia of loss. Directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, whose whimsical AMELIE riveted audiences, A VERY LONG ENGAGEMENT also stars Audrey Tautou--the 21st century's Audrey Hepburn--in the stubbornly emotional role of a widow in denial. Here she is Mathilde, a waifish young woman with a pronounced limp from childhood polio. Living with her quirky aunt and uncle in a farmhouse by the sea, and waiting desperately for her fiance Manech (Gaspard Ulliel) to return from the war, she believes that if he were truly lost she would feel it in her heart. Thus, when the bad news arrives--Manech and five fellow soldiers were exiled to No Man's Land for shooting off their own fingers in hope of being discharged--Mathilde refuses to believe he is dead. Instead, she begins her own investigation into Manech's infantry, hiring a private detective and tracking down the wives and girlfriends of each of Manech's compatriots. Conducting countless interviews, Mathilde pieces together Manech's war stories--which are told in earthshaking flashbacks involving gruesome explosions, flying guts, and massive suffering. And yet, the all-in-this-together humanity of these awful scenes, and the heartfelt bravery with which Mathilde absorbs the details of each battle, is undeniably moving. Jodie Foster appears as Elodie, one of the widows, in a charismatic yet muted performance and with a flawless accent. However, the most intriguing of the widows is Tina Lombardi (Marion Cotillard), a thrilling dominatrix-assassin bent on avenging her lover. A timeless masterwork that raises the bar for breathtaking camerawork, vivid landscapes, and fantastical storytelling, A VERY LONG ENGAGEMENT is adapted from the novel by Sebastien Japriscot.
Quick Glance
Media Format DVD
Genre Foreign, Military & War
MPAA Rating R (Restricted)
Director Jean-pierre Jeunet
Studio Warner Home Video
Actors Gaspard Ulliel/ Jean-pierre Becker/ Dominique Bettenfeld/ Clovis Cornillac/ Marion Cotillard
Expert Reviews
A Very Long Engagement
4 Star Review  Rotten Tomatoes - Dec 31, 1969

A well-crafted and visually arresting drama with a touch of whimsy.

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Very Long Engagement, A (2004)
4 Star Review  TopTenREVIEWS.com - Mar 17, 2008

Very Long Engagement, A (2004) receives an overall TopTenREVIEWS rating of 3.18 out of 4.00. It is ranked the #360 movie of all time, #13 movie from 2004 and #208 Drama movie of all time. The rating and ranking is based on an average of 157 critic scores, awards and other criteria. To see a breakdown of the movie ranking, read individual critic reviews, or see how other movies ranked, click on the link below.

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User Reviews
Perfect for a rainy Sunday
4 Star Review   By member suzannem - May 21, 2006   

Strengths: Gorgeous cinematography, cracking plot

Weakness: Predictable (but longed for all the same) ending

Of course I fell for Audrey Tautou as Amélie, and this movie is partly a re-run of that film: plucky, clever, romantic young woman sleuths and solves the mystery - only this time mostly on the battlefields of the Somme. Meanwhile, a parallel sleuth - equally rusée but with a different modus operandi - gets even with the baddies in her own way. Heartbreaking trench scenes. Heartwarming love story. And sometimes a lighthouse is just a lighthouse. Enjoy this film! SuzanneM

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Product Details
Description
This World War I mystery finds limitless beauty in the nostalgia of loss. Directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, whose whimsical AMELIE riveted audiences, A VERY LONG ENGAGEMENT also stars Audrey Tautou--the 21st century's Audrey Hepburn--in the stubbornly emotional role of a widow in denial. Here she is Mathilde, a waifish young woman with a pronounced limp from childhood polio. Living with her quirky aunt and uncle in a farmhouse by the sea, and waiting desperately for her fiance Manech (Gaspard Ulliel) to return from the war, she believes that if he were truly lost she would feel it in her heart. Thus, when the bad news arrives--Manech and five fellow soldiers were exiled to No Man's Land for shooting off their own fingers in hope of being discharged--Mathilde refuses to believe he is dead. Instead, she begins her own investigation into Manech's infantry, hiring a private detective and tracking down the wives and girlfriends of each of Manech's compatriots. Conducting countless interviews, Mathilde pieces together Manech's war stories--which are told in earthshaking flashbacks involving gruesome explosions, flying guts, and massive suffering. And yet, the all-in-this-together humanity of these awful scenes, and the heartfelt bravery with which Mathilde absorbs the details of each battle, is undeniably moving. Jodie Foster appears as Elodie, one of the widows, in a charismatic yet muted performance and with a flawless accent. However, the most intriguing of the widows is Tina Lombardi (Marion Cotillard), a thrilling dominatrix-assassin bent on avenging her lover. A timeless masterwork that raises the bar for breathtaking camerawork, vivid landscapes, and fantastical storytelling, A VERY LONG ENGAGEMENT is adapted from the novel by Sebastien Japriscot.
Quick Glance
Media Format DVD
Genre Foreign, Military & War
MPAA Rating R (Restricted)
Director Jean-pierre Jeunet
Studio Warner Home Video
Actors Gaspard Ulliel/ Jean-pierre Becker/ Dominique Bettenfeld/ Clovis Cornillac/ Marion Cotillard
Summary
Product Title A Very Long Engagement
Manufacturer Anderson
Power Score 4.1 | 3 Reviews
Additional Specifications
Local Availability: yes
Parent Retsku: B0007Z0NYQ
Expert Reviews
A Very Long Engagement
4 Star Review  Rotten Tomatoes - Dec 31, 1969

A well-crafted and visually arresting drama with a touch of whimsy.

Read the full review »

Very Long Engagement, A (2004)
4 Star Review  TopTenREVIEWS.com - Mar 17, 2008

Very Long Engagement, A (2004) receives an overall TopTenREVIEWS rating of 3.18 out of 4.00. It is ranked the #360 movie of all time, #13 movie from 2004 and #208 Drama movie of all time. The rating and ranking is based on an average of 157 critic scores, awards and other criteria. To see a breakdown of the movie ranking, read individual critic reviews, or see how other movies ranked, click on the link below.

Read the full review »

User Reviews
Perfect for a rainy Sunday
4 Star Review   By member suzannem - May 21, 2006   

Strengths: Gorgeous cinematography, cracking plot

Weakness: Predictable (but longed for all the same) ending

Of course I fell for Audrey Tautou as Amélie, and this movie is partly a re-run of that film: plucky, clever, romantic young woman sleuths and solves the mystery - only this time mostly on the battlefields of the Somme. Meanwhile, a parallel sleuth - equally rusée but with a different modus operandi - gets even with the baddies in her own way. Heartbreaking trench scenes. Heartwarming love story. And sometimes a lighthouse is just a lighthouse. Enjoy this film! SuzanneM

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