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A Very Long Engagement(Un long dimanche de fiançailles)

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France, United States · 2004
Rated R · 2h 13m
Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Starring Audrey Tautou, Gaspard Ulliel, Dominique Pinon, Chantal Neuwirth
Genre Drama, Romance, War

When Mathilde receives notice that her fiancee has been killed in battle during World War I, she refuses to believe he is gone. She learns from his commander that he supposedly died of self-inflicted wounds in an attempt to escape the frontlines. Mathilde sets out to find him, and the truth. Based on the 1991 novel of the same name by Sébastien Japrisot.

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L.A. Weekly by Ella Taylor

Shuttles between schoolboy humor, calculated savagery and, at the end, a rank sentimentalism in which love all too easily conquers all.


Premiere by Glenn Kenny

An epic treatment of epic themes that doesn't soft-soap its audience, but at the same time provides a terrifically satisfying entertainment.


Village Voice by Jessica Winter

Boldly aspirational. It's Jeunet's stab at "Paths of Glory," dipped in a sepia bath and halfway wrenched into a women's picture.


Variety by Lisa Nesselson

Told with a blend of visual mastery and emotional intimacy, ambitious venture sustains a special melding of romance and pragmatism that should engage discerning audiences.


Entertainment Weekly by Lisa Schwarzbaum

This is a movie that considers graphic violence with a refined taste for the sensuous: Guts spill, blood spurts, corpses stink, but there is a handsome, absurdist humanity to the way Jeunet (who wrote the script with Guillaume Laurant) maps out the crossroads of human carnage and human caring.


The A.V. Club by Scott Tobias

For all of Audrey Tautou's considerable charm in the title role, Jeunet's need for a well-ordered universe proved as suffocating and exhausting as being trapped on an amusement-park ride.

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