A Very Long Engagement

How do you film the horror of the First World War trenches and still somehow make a work of art with such glorious photography? Only if you are Jean-Pierre Jeunet (who also directed Amélie) can you solve those contradictions and make a beautiful movie full of larger then life characters. A highly recommended movie based on a novel by Sébastien Japrisot (PS: my favourite book from him is la dame dans l’auto avec des lunettes et un fusil)


Release Date
October 2004
Runtime
2 h 13 min
Genres
War, Drama, Mystery, Romance
Director
Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Actors
Audrey Tautou, Gaspard Ulliel, Dominique Pinon, Chantal Neuwirth, André Dussollier, Ticky Holgado, Marion Cotillard, Dominique Bettenfeld, Jodie Foster, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Denis Lavant, Rufus, Jérôme Kircher, Denis Lavant, Albert Dupontel, Elina Löwensohn, Jean-Claude Dreyfus, Clovis Cornillac, Jean-Pierre Becker, Jean-Paul Rouve, Julie Depardieu, Michel Vuillermoz, Urbain Cancelier, Maud Rayer, Michel Robin, Tchéky Karyo, Philippe Duquesne, Bouli Lanners, Stéphane Butet, Christian Pereira, François Levantal, Patrick Paroux, Solène Le Pechon, Virgil Leclaire, Florence Thomassin, Thierry Gibault, Myriam Roustan, Gilles Masson, Sandrine Rigault, Michel Chalmeau, Marc Faure, Rodolphe Pauly, Xavier Maly, Till Bahlmann, Tony Gaultier, Louis-Marie Audubert, Jean-Gilles Barbier, Marc Robert, Pierre Heitz, Philippe Maymat, Eric Debrosse, Michel Gondoin, Éric Fraticelli, Philippe Beautier, Gérald Weingand, Luc Sonzogni, Xavier Berlioz, Frankie Pain, Marcel Philippot, Pascale Lievyn, Jean-Claude Lecoq, Esther Sironneau, Stéphanie Gesnel, Frédérique Bel, Alexandre Caumartin, Eric Defosse, Gaspar Claus, Jean-Philippe Bèche, Anaïs Durand
Overview
In 1919, Mathilde was 19 years old. Two years earlier, her fiancé 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. She hangs on to her intuition as tightly as she would onto the last thread of hope linking her to her lover. 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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