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A Very Long Engagement (Sous-titres franšais)

Gaspard Ulliel , Jean-Pierre Becker , Jean-pierre Jeunet    DVD
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Very Long Engagement, A (Dbl DVD) (WS)

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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Never let go. Feb. 17 2006
Format:DVD
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite movie April 7 2011
Format:DVD
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
Format:DVD
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 To never give up Dec 17 2004
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Sure, the name is an open target for dumb jokes. But Sébastien Japrisot's haunting romance "A Very Long Engagement" translates well onto the big screen, with a bit of help from "Amelie" director Jean-Pierre Jeunet and the wonderful Audrey Tautou.

Mathilde (Audrey Tautou) is a pretty young girl who was left crippled by polio, and is being raised by her uncle and aunt. Before World War I, she fell in love with a boy called Manech (Gaspard Ulliel), but he was sent to the war and killed. Three years later, Mathilde gets a mysterious letter with shocking news: Manech was not killed in action, but condemned to death by being sent unarmed to the front lines -- and miraculously, he might still be alive.

Mathilde is determined to find her lover -- dead or alive -- and learn what really happened on that day three years ago. So she puts out ads in the papers, gathers accounts, and hires a detective to follow the cold trail. And slowly the gaps in the stories emerge, giving Mathilde clues to whether Manech died... and where he might be now.

"A Very Long Engagement" (French title: "Un Long Dimanche de Fianšailles") diddles a few details from the novel, but is faithful to it in the ways that matter -- the "MMM" inscriptions, the non-linear storytelling, the horrors of World War I. In some ways, it seems almost impossible to transfer onto film without creating a pretentious mess -- but it wasn't.

Jean-Pierre Jeunet proves that "Amelie" was no fluke, but this time he relies mostly on visual artistry, rather than in magical realism. He also reminds us, by displaying the French countryside along with flashbacks of the front lines, that war is stupid and wasteful. But it's not an obvious, slam-in-your-face reminder. Like the romance, it's delicate and wistful.
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4.0 out of 5 stars This is not Jean-Pierre Jeunet's Amélie... Aug. 6 2014
By Simon Bergeron TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
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, na´ve and innocent "Amélie".

For Jodie Foster aficionados out there, notice she appears in the film (and fluently speaks French)...
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