A Very Long Engagement

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Released 2004

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Director:
Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Released:
2004
Rating:
R
A Very Long Engagement is a 2004 French film starring Audrey Tautou as Mathilde Donnay, a young woman whose fiancé is missing in action during World War I. Mathilde and Manech made plans to wed prior to the war, when Manech was called away to fight for his country. After the war begins, Manech and four other soldiers are convicted of inflicting injuries upon themselves to avoid having to fight. As punishment, they are sent to serve in the deadly no man’s land between the French and German trench lines. Mathilde can’t accept that Manech died out there. She begins a journey to find Manech, but along the way uncovers information about the other four soldiers Manech was sentenced with, as well as the corrupt nature of the French military’s system of field justice. Audrey Tautou is the acclaimed French actress of such films as Amélie and Coco before Chanel, and she received three Best Actress nominations from international ceremonies for her performance in A Very Long Engagement.moreless

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  • 90

    Variety Lisa Nesselson

    Told with a blend of visual mastery and emotional intimacy, ambitious venture sustains a special melding of romance and pragmatism that should engage discerning audiences.

  • 80

    Los Angeles Times Carina Chocano

    A resolutely odd, occasionally absurd movie, but it's as charming and stylish as one could expect from this pair - if you like that sort of thing.

  • 60

    The New York Times Manohla Dargis

    Only when Jodie Foster materializes midstory, delivering a beautiful, pocket-size performance as the mistress of one of the condemned men, does the film spring to life.

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    Historical, high stake situations, fight for survival, long lost love, Love & Romance