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A Very Long Engagement

Audrey Tautou , Gaspard Ulliel , Jean-Pierre Jeunet    R (Restricted)   DVD
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Both epic and intimate, A Very Long Engagement reunites Audrey Tautou and Jean-Pierre Jeunet, the star and director of the hugely popular Amelie. A young woman named Mathilde (Tautou, Happenstance)separated from her lover by World War I refuses to believe he's been killed and launches an investigation into his fate--an investigation that spins in all directions, creating dozens of miniature stories (including that of an Italian prostitute avenging the death of her own lover by elaborate means) that shift to and fro in time. The dazzling curlicues of narrative put brutality and tenderness back to back, shifting between crushing inevitabilities and miraculous rescues with deft storytelling skill and the lush visual style of the director of Delicatessen and The City of Lost Children. Through it all, Tautou--fierce and luminous--anchors the movie effortlessly. She's among the most emotionally engaging actresses in cinema, with the kind of expressive beauty that transcends language. A gorgeous, far-reaching film; the huge cast also includes Jodie Foster (The Silence of the Lambs), Gaspard Ulliel (Strayed), and Dominique Pinon (Alien: Resurrection). --Bret Fetzer

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5.0 out of 5 stars Never let go. Feb. 17 2006
Ok i'm not a fan of love stories or romantic movies but this film is absolutly gorgeous in every way. The landscape is breathtaking, so is Audrey Tautou. Great actors, great story, Jean-pierre jeunet knows how to catch viewers attention. This movie is filled with emotions and true values. The characters are all interconnected to eachother, which makes the acting almost flawless. A must see for those who still believe in hope & safe places.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite movie April 7 2011
A very touching movie, harsh but not without hope and humour. Audrey Tatou as usual with her unique
tempo and expressive acting was fabulous. The kind of movie which leaves some scenes forever etched into your memory, in a good way.
Great acting all around, Gaspard Ulliel although had a small role was very effective in portraying the absurdity of living a war. In a few words it was a story of the balance between naivity and calculated determination. Brilliant cinematography.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Powerful film about love and its power April 4 2006
By A Customer
Saw this at a local film festival. Just about walked out because of the violence of the first ten minutes, but very glad I stayed. No question, the war scenes are very violent (so was Cold Mountain, for that matter) but the story is beautifully told and the cinematography is gorgeous. Discovering Jodie Foster was a surprise, but as usual she shines in every scene she's in.
Very, very powerful film, and glad I was able to see it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars This is not Jean-Pierre Jeunet's Amélie... Aug. 6 2014
This French film follows a woman's instinct and love throughout her desperate search for her husband who's believed to have been killed in battle during WW2.

With some similar feminine themes explored by Eastwood in "The Exchange", Jeunet's story is quite moving and demonstrates how far a human being is willing to go to uncover the truth.

Be that as it may, it doesn't boast the same treatement to women as Eastwood's effort. Very much different in its atmosphere and narration, Audrey Tautou's portrayal is fragile yet determined. Quite a long short from the sweet, naïve and innocent "Amélie".

For Jodie Foster aficionados out there, notice she appears in the film (and fluently speaks French)...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ashes to ashes Aug. 25 2013
By Steven Aldersley TOP 50 REVIEWER
Most North Americans have either never heard of Audrey Tautou, or know her because she appeared in Amelie or The Da Vinci Code. The biggest hurdle is that the majority of her films are French, and I'm well aware that more than 90 percent of people can't stand subtitles. That's a shame, because Tautou is a fantastic actress. She's physically attractive, but her acting contains a depth of emotion that is even more beautiful. It's easy to root for her characters. Just look into those soulful dark eyes and see how much emotion she conveys without saying a word.

Jean-Pierre Jeunet is an extremely quirky director, and his films have an unmistakable style. Think of him as a French version of Wes Anderson or Quentin Tarantino; at least in terms of humor. Although this film contains more serious subject matter than Amelie, that humor is still there. I usually watch it with a grin on my face and tears in my eyes.

So, what is A Very Long Engagement about? Well, it's set during World War 1, and the first 15 minutes might lead you to believe that it's a war film, but it's actually an epic romance. How many guys have stopped reading already? It's in French and it's a romance! If you're the type of person who can't stand typical romances, don't worry. This film is much more than mere fluff. It has a deep story, with so many interesting characters that you might lose track of what is going on the first time you see it. Just watch what Jeunet does with the character of the postman. Jeunet is perhaps an acquired taste, but I strongly urge you to check out his work if you haven't thus far.

Mathilde (Audrey Tautou) is 20, and she's in love with Manech (Gaspard Ulliel). She developed polio as a small child, and he was the only kid in school who was interested in talking to her.
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