Rent A Very Long Engagement (2004)

3.7 of 5 from 643 ratings
2h 9min
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From the highly acclaimed Director and star of Amelie, comes the truly amazing story of one woman's journey to discover the truth behind her lover's disappearance, whilst battling against the secrecy and absurdity of War. In 1919, Mathilde was 19 years old. Two years earlier, her fiance Manech left for the front at the Somme. Like millions of others he was "killed on the field of battle." It's written in black and white on the official notice. But Mathilde refuses to believe it. If Manech had died, she would know.
A former sergeant tells her in vain that Manech died in the no man's land of a trench named Bingo Crepescule, in the company of four other men condemned to die for self-inflicted wounds. Her path ahead is full of obstacles but Mathilde is not frightened. Anything is possible to someone who is willing to challenge fate...
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Sébastien Japrisot, Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Bruno Delbonnel, Aline Bonetto, Art Direction: Aline Bonetto
Un Long Dimanche De Fiancailles
France, Top 100 Films, Drama
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Run Time:
129 minutes
French, German
Arabic, English, English Hard of Hearing, German, German Hard of Hearing, Norwegian
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
  • Audio Commentary by Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet
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Reviews (13) of A Very Long Engagement

Exceptional - A Very Long Engagement review by Swambi

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This is a unique film. Whilst it retains the quirky commedy and romance of Amelie, it takes it to a far darker and more mature level, with brilliant direction and cinematography. It successfully combines a wide range film categories - romance, history, war, detective and mystery - it's imposible to pin it down to any single type. Audrey Tautou delivers an amazing performance as a determined girl who refuses to believe that her fiancee died in the war, and will stop at nothing to discover the truth. Shots alternate between harrowing and detailed depiction of life and death in the trenches, with stunningly beautiful scenes, centred on the atlantic coast. The story develops over an extended period, and involves multiple strands, so that getting a full understanding of exactly what's happening benefits from more than a single viewing (unless you are very fast on the uptake).

5 out of 6 members found this review helpful.

Amelie does WW1 or France goes Hollywood - A Very Long Engagement review by CP Customer

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This was very disappointing for me. It took a very long time to say very little and seemed to be trying very hard to manipulate the emotions rather than being truly moving; a gimmicky and ultimately shallow treatment of serious subject matter, especially as I understand this is the first French film to tackle it.

2 out of 7 members found this review helpful.

French finesse - A Very Long Engagement review by JD

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I don't know what it is about good French films but this had the same feeling as Jean De Florette and Amelie. Audrey Tautou was the reason I requested this film and she is superb. As an added and entirely unexpected surprise for me was an appearance from Jodie Foster. For me the two best actresses in modern cinema.

Set against this was trench warfare which was poignantly pointless and dehumanising and seen from a very personal perspective. The plot was a bit convoluted with several lines of investigation and the male actors were not quite as fantastically gifted as their female colleagues but I would generally recommend this film.

2 out of 3 members found this review helpful.

Tried hard, didn't quite succeed - A Very Long Engagement review by BE

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A harrowing depiction of first world war battlefields, a quest to find a feared dead fiancé and some incongrous scenes of a whimsical nature, failed to make this movie gel. It would have been better if the main theme had been stuck to instead of additional storylines being attached to some of the characters.

0 out of 0 members found this review helpful.

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