A Very Long Engagement

While this movie had all of the feel of an epic it still felt very unpolished.  I had a hard time following the names and back story of the men in the central mystery.  The scenes with Marion Cotillard’s character felt very incomplete, almost as if there was a bigger story that was edited out.  While Audrey Tautou is fantastic I couldn’t help but think of how the movie reminded me of Atonement.  That movie was far superior to this movie.

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Movie title: A Very Long Engagement

Movie description: 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...

Date published: 2021-03-13

Director(s): Jean-Pierre Jeunet

Actor(s): 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, 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

Genre: Drama, Romance, War

My Review

While this movie had all of the feel of an epic it still felt very unpolished.  I had a hard time following the names and back story of the men in the central mystery.  The scenes with Marion Cotillard’s character felt very incomplete, almost as if there was a bigger story that was edited out.  While Audrey Tautou is fantastic I couldn’t help but think of how the movie reminded me of Atonement.  That movie was far superior to this movie.

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