|Contains two romantic period films set in France. A VERY LONG ENGAGEMENT and AFFAIR OF THE NECKLACE|
A VERY LONG ENGAGEMENT:The film is 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. It tells the story of this young woman's relentless, moving and sometimes comic search for her fiance, 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. What follows is an investigation into the arbitrary nature of secrecy, the absurdity of war, and the enduring passion, intuition and tenacity of the human heart.
AFFAIR OF THE NECKLACE:A romantic drama based on the controversial true story of Jeanne De La Motte Valois (Hilary Swank), a countess whose name was stripped from her by the Royal Family during the late 18th Century. The story of her fight to restore her name and proper place in society is filled with mystery, intrigue and desire, with an infamous diamond necklace at the center of it all.
"[Engagement]...makes points about the absurdity of war, but balances those out by adopting the phrase that "love conquers all." James Berardinelli's ReelViews
"[Necklace] ...the remarkable odyssey of a young woman... Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"[Engagement] It's an emotional powerhouse. Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"[Necklace] ...the fact that it was inspired by real-life events made me enjoy it all the more. Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper And The Movies
"[Engagement]...a film that is a series of pleasures...to delight us. Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times