A Very Long Engagement
A Very Long Engagement (2004)

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.… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: October 27, 2004
DVD Release Date: May 24, 2005
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Critic Score: 78% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

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

Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

Tautou, as always, makes this an enchanting trip.

Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press

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.

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Nick Rogers
The Film Yap

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?

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

There's only so much candy the eye can consume before nausea sets in.

Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune

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.

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Emanuel Levy

Filmmaker Jeunet applies his aestheticized approach (which worked well for Amelie) to a WWII melodrama to some mixed results.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

This is grand cinema.

Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle

The overall assemblage is shaky, but grand.

Scott Weinberg
DVD Clinic

It's a romantic epic, an intense and gripping look at WWI, and a nifty little mystery-quest all rolled into one.

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
xGary Xx
A young woman refuses to believe that her fiancee was killed in action in WWI and sets about finding out what happened to him and his comrades in their final… More
Daniel Perry
Audrey Tautou shines in a powerful, sepia-toned love story about a woman on a multi-year quest to find her fiancé in the ashes of the First World War. Though… More
Joel Kelly
An engaging and emotional film, which sweeps you into the world of its characters, and has striking cinematography. In fact the visuals are the best thing about… More
Jennifer D
My first Gaspard Ulliel film! Yay! Same director and principle as Amelie as well as some other shared actors. French actors must be small in number. Anyway I… More
familiar stranger
Indeed a very long and tedious engagement. In fact, it didn't engage me, but on the contrary, it began to bore me after a while. Simply not my cup of tea.… More
Dean McKenna
World War I is the setting for this genre-busting story in which a French woman, Mathilde (played by beauty Audrey Tautou) refuses to believe that her soldier… More