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Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet     Starring: Gaspard Ulliel Audrey Tautou
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40712724
UPC: 085393897222
UPC 14: 00085393897222
Category Keywords: Theatrical Release  Tragedy  World War I
Rating: Game Rating Code
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A french woman searches for her fiance at the end of WWI. He is presumed dead when he is courtmartialed secretly and sentenced to almost certain death when is abandoned in no man's land. Despite the long odds, the woman continues to search for the love of her life.

"...makes points about the absurdity of war, but balances those out by adopting the phrase that "love conquers all."  James Berardinelli's ReelViews
"It's an emotional powerhouse.  Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"...a film that is a series of delight us.  Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

Editor's Note
This World War I mystery finds limitless beauty in the nostalgia of loss. Directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, whose whimsical AMELIE riveted audiences, A VERY LONG ENGAGEMENT also stars Audrey Tautou--the 21st century's Audrey Hepburn--in the stubbornly emotional role of a widow in denial. Here she is Mathilde, a waifish young woman with a pronounced limp from childhood polio. Living with her quirky aunt and uncle in a farmhouse by the sea, and waiting desperately for her fiance Manech (Gaspard Ulliel) to return from the war, she believes that if he were truly lost she would feel it in her heart. Thus, when the bad news arrives--Manech and five fellow soldiers were exiled to No Man's Land for shooting off their own fingers in hope of being discharged--Mathilde refuses to believe he is dead. Instead, she begins her own investigation into Manech's infantry, hiring a private detective and tracking down the wives and girlfriends of each of Manech's compatriots. Conducting countless interviews, Mathilde pieces together Manech's war stories--which are told in earthshaking flashbacks involving gruesome explosions, flying guts, and massive suffering. And yet, the all-in-this-together humanity of these awful scenes, and the heartfelt bravery with which Mathilde absorbs the details of each battle, is undeniably moving. Jodie Foster appears as Elodie, one of the widows, in a charismatic yet muted performance and with a flawless accent. However, the most intriguing of the widows is Tina Lombardi (Marion Cotillard), a thrilling dominatrix-assassin bent on avenging her lover. A timeless masterwork that raises the bar for breathtaking camerawork, vivid landscapes, and fantastical storytelling, A VERY LONG ENGAGEMENT is adapted from the novel by Sebastien Japriscot.


Video Features DVD, Widescreen, French, English, Subtitled

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Warner
Video Release Date Release Date: 11/10/2009
Video Play Time Running Time: 133 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2004
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 38972
Video UPC UPC: 00085393897222
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 2

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: French
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: French
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Anamorphic Widescreen  2.35:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Audrey Tautou
Video Cast Info Gaspard Ulliel
Video Cast Info Jean-Pierre Becker
Video Cast Info Jodie Foster
Video Cast Info Aline Bonetto - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Angelo Badalamenti - Original Music By
Video Cast Info Bill Gerber - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Bruno Delbonnel - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Guillaume Laurant - Writer
Video Cast Info Herve Schneid - Editor
Video Cast Info Jean-Louis Monthieux - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Jean-Pierre Jeunet - Writer
Video Cast Info Jean-Pierre Jeunet - Director
Video Cast Info Sebastien Japrisot - Based On Novel By


Oscar (2005)
   Video Award Name Aline Bonetto, Nominee, Best Achievement in Art Direction
   Video Award Name Bruno Delbonnel, Nominee, Best Cinematography

Professional Reviews

Film Comment
"The details become the discourse -- a constant flow of visual stimulation in place of the traditional development of plot, character, and theme." 12/01/2004 p.73-4

"[A]n epic treatment of epic themes that doesn't soap opera its audience, but at the same time provides a terrifically satisfying entertainment." 12/01/2004 p.26

Entertainment Weekly
"[T]he counterpoint of ugliness and beauty, observed with the patience an artist might lavish upon a portrait of a beloved, is Jeunet's own invention." 12/03/2004 p.58-60

New York Times
"Mr. Jeunet is in the possession of a distinctive visual style developed during his longtime collaboration with his former filmmaking partner, Marc Caro." 11/26/2004 p.E26

USA Today
"[I]t's full of surprises....Jeunet is as adept as Francois Truffaut was in employing voice-over narration -- but even better at providing counterpoint imagery to get a laugh." 11/26/2004 p.3E

Los Angeles Times
"[I]t's as charming and stylish as one could expect from this pair....All in all, Jeunet makes a pretty case for the idea that life is ruled by chaos and chance, but made meaningful and worthwhile by love." 11/26/2004 p.E1

Rolling Stone
"Just sit back and behold as Jeunet the visionary and Tautou the force of nature take you to hell and back with this epic love story. It's an emotional powerhouse." 12/09/2004 p.190

"[T]his is as much visual feast as quest plot: Jeunet energises every shot..." 02/01/2005 p.102

Movieline's Hollywood Life
"[T]he battle scenes depicting the horrors of war are brutally effective." 12/01/2004 p.103

Sight and Sound
"Jeunet's film is a tour de force of style and talent..." 02/01/2005 p.77-8

Wall Street Journal
?Daring mood swings -- and theme swings -- lend distinction to Jean-Pierre Jeunet?s romantic epic....There?s never been anything quite like it.? 09/25/2009

James Berardinelli's ReelViews 8 of 10
A Very Long Engagment starts slowly, but builds to a satisfying conclusion. It's grittier tha - James Berardinelli

Rolling Stone 8 of 10
Jean-Pierre Jeunet is a miracle worker, a filmmaker whose soaring visuals and passionate intensity a - Peter Travers

Chicago Sun-Times 8 of 10
This story is told in a film so visually delightful that only the horrors of war keep it from floati - Roger Ebert

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Tautou,Audrey
Product attributeLabel:   Warner Home Video
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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