A Very Long Engagement details
|Starring:||Jean-Pierre Becker, Chantal Neuwirth, Ticky Holgado, Gaspard Ulliel, Jodie Foster, Audrey Tautou|
|Genres:||Drama, Romance, World Cinema|
|Studio:||WARNER HOME VIDEO|
|Original title||Un Long Dimanche de Fiancailles|
|Collections:||Broken Hearts, Love is in the Air, Romance/Bromance|
A Very Long Engagement
|Run time:||2 hours 14 minutes|
|Rental release:||13 Jun 2005|
Most helpful review
ExpectationsBy a customer from Manchester, England , 16 Feb 2005
[Highly rated reviewer]After the other films of Jeunet (Amelie, delicatessen, and the city of the lost children - Alien apart), one is entitled to expect another quirky, funny and fast paced movie...
This one is, but it is not so full of all the funny quirks Jeunet got us used to. This film is more serious - it is the adaptation of a novel whereas all the other films were purely coming from Jeunet's imagination.
But he still placed a few of these touching quirks, and the whole film is touching too. He shows the war as it is, cruel, but in a very watchable way, even for sensitive souls, and an Audrey Toutou lovely, a bit naughty, and still very determined character.
I did prefer the other films to this one, but it is still worth its 5 star, no doubt.
AND, my jaw dropped when I saw Jodie Foster, in this small, but still rewarding role: no hint of an american accent, whatsoever, as if she was another person, a real french person as that (French is my first language). I am very impressed by her performance.
In this film, you will also find all the (odd looking and excellent)actors Jeunet usually works with.
The film is captivating, with a very aesthetic washed out colour, and very well studied characters. The end is also urprising, and very poetic...
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avoid to retain your self respectBy a customer , 29 Oct 2013Hard to imagine a more meretricious take on the unimaginable pain of the trenches than this whimsical romance. Happy to press self consciously artistic images of horror into the service of a hackneyed plot, this is a self-serving gothick horror that hasn't the grace to be ashamed of itself, as that would involve genuine feeling.
Watch this, if you see nothing else this yearBy a customer , 13 Aug 2013A brilliant, touching and absorbing film, beautifully shot, consummate acting, real, red-blooded storytelling at its best. A wonderful film, watch it and weep.
Best film I've seen in a while.By a customer , 14 Feb 2013An excellent film. Amazing cinematography, vivid battle scenes, great characters, some laughs, well acted and a great story. Thoroughly enjoyed it. You don't have to be a dedicated fan of French cinema to enjoy this. Highly recommended.
A French classicBy Trebor46 (14 reviews) , 28 Dec 2012This is a truely excellent film,moving, horrific but with moments of light heartness also. The film moves between the horrors of the Great War and the beauty of the French countryside quite superbly. It follows themes similar to the classic 'Paths of Glory' the brutality of the French generals and the feeling of helplessness of the ordinary French solider. Audrey Tautou is excellent in the lead role. A Long Engagement shows Brtish film and TV makers how a film concerning the Great War and the effects on ordinary folk should be made.
A very enjoyable engagement!By Bigal62 (2 reviews) , 06 Oct 2012Beautifully done! Superbly acted! Fantastic! The French certainly know how to make a very atmospheric film! Even Jodie Foster makes a surprise appearance!