Very Long Engagement, A ( long dimanche de fiançailles, Un ) Movie Information

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Overall Rank: 2380

Average Rating: 2.9/4

# of Ratings: 57

Theatrical Release Date: 11/26/2004

Language: French

Genre: Drama, Mystery

MPAA Rating: R

Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet

Actors: Audrey Tautou, Gaspard Ulliel, Dominique Pinon, Chantal Neuwirth, André Dussollier, Jodie Foster

Plot: Set in France near the end of World War I in the deadly trenches of the Somme, in the gilded Parisien halls of power, and in the modest home of an indomitable provincial girl and her relentless search to find her fiancée, who has disappeared. He is one of five French soldiers believed to have been court-martialed under mysterious circumstances and pushed out of an allied trench into an almost-certain death in no-man's land. All an investigation into the arbitrary nature of secrecy, the absurdity of war, and the enduring passion, intuition and tenacity of the human heart.
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mitchellyoung - wrote on 07/05/2011

This movie isn't as quirky as Jeunet's famed Amelie, but it is just as visually striking and, I would say, almost more emotionally powerful. Jeunet is a modern-day Fellini, combining visual metaphor with striking realism to paint a film that is both symbolic and literal in its emotional deconstruction.

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Yojimbo - wrote on 01/30/2012

A young woman refuses to believe that her fiancee was killed in action in WWI and sets about finding out what happened to him and his comrades in their final days. The one thing you can count on from Jeunet is that you will be treated to a beautiful looking film and once again he does not disappoint. A Very Long Engagement is a visual feast with a score to match and complete with his usual ensemble cast of nicely played, likable eccentrics, this is a very difficult film to dislike. Although it does have its flaws. They mainly lie in the way that the romantic elements to the story and those concerning combat don't quite gel; I couldn't help thinking that I was actually watching two films spliced together. The investigation is also a little haphazard and unstructured and it just seemed …

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