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      A Very Long Engagement

      R Released Nov 26, 2004 2h 14m Drama War Mystery & Thriller Romance List
      79% Tomatometer 147 Reviews 85% Audience Score 50,000+ Ratings Mathilde (Audrey Tautou) is told that her fiancé (Gaspard Ulliel) has been killed in World War I. She refuses to believe this, however, and begins trying to find out what actually happened on the battlefield the night he was supposedly killed, enlisting the help of a private investigator. During her search, she stumbles across evidence of the inhumane and morally bankrupt system used by the French to deal with deserters, and hears from other men who were sentenced to extreme punishment. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      A well-crafted and visually arresting drama with a touch of whimsy.

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      Empire Magazine Rated: 4/5 Apr 1, 2006 Full Review Kimberley Jones Austin Chronicle Rated: 2.5/5 Jan 15, 2005 Full Review Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel Tautou, as always, makes this an enchanting trip. Rated: 5/5 Dec 22, 2004 Full Review James Mottram The List With detail crammed into literally every frame, you'd be hard-pressed to find a more imaginative film this year. Rated: 4/5 Apr 23, 2019 Full Review Nick Rogers Midwest Film Journal As in any fable, there are spires, towers and moats, and it's a spellbinding saga - a macabre dance choreographed by its romance's throbbing heart. Mathilde and Manech's love left its mark in many places, so why not the grungiest and war-torn? Rated: 3.5/4 Nov 22, 2010 Full Review Mark Halverson Sacramento News & Review Rated: 4/5 Aug 7, 2008 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Kipher K A visually stunning movie, complex characters, and powerful story line. Enchanting moments in scenes with some stark, real moments. Art. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 05/04/24 Full Review Blob 9 An Intricately complex mosaic of woven story lines brought to life by the magic mind of Jean-Pierre Jeunet is an intense, disturbing and enchantingly powerful picture to absorb. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 11/03/23 Full Review Michael O I read (and hated) the book, A Very Long Engagement, so why did I see the movie? Because at that age I had a crush on Audrey Tatou. However, I am very glad that I saw the movie. I hated two things about the book. The first was that it was not realistic at all. However, in a movie it is much easier to suspend disbelief. The second was that the book was lewd without being interesting. The movie was interesting without being lewd. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 08/30/23 Full Review Audience Member I love this film. Beautifully shot, beautifully acted. Enjoyed every moment. So many scene stealers. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/29/23 Full Review Audience Member Aug 2020 DVR So...same actors as Amalie but much more serious layered on top of his sense of humor. Some else called it "Cold Mountain" with French People. If I were to watch it again, I would try to keep track of the *five* key characters, as its a very complex mystery she's solving for. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/28/23 Full Review Audience Member 10/10. a great love story! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/20/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis Mathilde (Audrey Tautou) is told that her fiancé (Gaspard Ulliel) has been killed in World War I. She refuses to believe this, however, and begins trying to find out what actually happened on the battlefield the night he was supposedly killed, enlisting the help of a private investigator. During her search, she stumbles across evidence of the inhumane and morally bankrupt system used by the French to deal with deserters, and hears from other men who were sentenced to extreme punishment.
      Director
      Jean-Pierre Jeunet
      Producer
      Angus Finney
      Screenwriter
      Sébastien Japrisot, Jean-Pierre Jeunet
      Distributor
      Warner Bros. Pictures
      Production Co
      Warner Brothers
      Rating
      R (Violence|Sexuality)
      Genre
      Drama, War, Mystery & Thriller, Romance
      Original Language
      French (France)
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Nov 26, 2004, Wide
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jul 24, 2014
      Runtime
      2h 14m
      Sound Mix
      Surround
      Aspect Ratio
      Scope (2.35:1)
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