A Very Long Engagement
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Audrey Tautou, who rose to international stardom with the title role in Jean-Pierre Jeunet's worldwide smash Amà (C)lie, reunites with the director for this drama, set during the darkest days of World War I and its immediate aftermath. Mathilde (Tautou) is a pretty but frail young women who was left with a bad leg after a childhood bout with polio. Mathilde lives in a small French village with her Aunt Bà (C)nà (C)dicte (Chantal Neuwirth) and Uncle Sylvain (Dominique Pinon), and is engaged to marry Manech (Gaspard Ulliel), the son of a lighthouse keeper who is fighting with the army near… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 78%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Tautou, as always, makes this an enchanting trip."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"The comic-dramatic divide of A Very Long Engagement is difficult to traverse, much less conquer. It's simply hard to be charmed with all those corpses scattered about."
‑ Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press
"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?"
‑ Nick Rogers, Suite101.com
"a successful genre combination of a war film, period romance, detective story and black comedy"
‑ Dragan Antulov, Draxblog Movie Reviews
"...light entertainment, but offers only a shallow insight into war."
‑ Uri Lessing, eFilmCritic.com
"There's only so much candy the eye can consume before nausea sets in."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"Merging heart-wrenching emotions with quirky humor and splicing bloody war footage with goofy comedy, the movie mixes vastly disparate elements into a surprisingly smooth blend."
‑ Jeff Strickler, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Filmmaker Jeunet applies his aestheticized approach (which worked well for Amelie) to a WWII melodrama to some mixed results."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Jean-Pierre Jeunet represents that select group of filmmakers who treat special effects as their own art."
‑ Rory L. Aronsky, Film Threat
"...equal parts whimsy and war horrors, a potentially combustible combination that succeeds largely due to Jeunet's ability to turn absurd melodrama into something magical."
‑ Mark Pfeiffer, Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
"This is grand cinema."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"The overall assemblage is shaky, but grand."
‑ Eric Harrison, Houston Chronicle
"It's a romantic epic, an intense and gripping look at WWI, and a nifty little mystery-quest all rolled into one."
‑ Scott Weinberg, DVD Clinic
"A Very Long Engagement is every bit the fantasy, the fairy tale, that Amelie was, yet we are expected to take it seriously. I couldn't."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"As lovely to look at it as it is heart-wrenching, "A Very Long Engagement" is one of the best films of 2004."
‑ Linda Cook, KWQC-TV (Iowa)
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