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November 24, 2020 | Rome, Italy

Un long dimanche de fiançailles (A Very Long Engagement)

By | 2018-03-21T18:30:10+01:00 March 1st, 2004|Reviews|

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Date: 2004

Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet

Starring: Audrey Tautou, Gaspard Ulliel, Jodie Foster

Ethereal Mathilde (Audrey Tautou), a provincial girl, cannot accept the disappearance of her beloved, Manech (Gaspard Ulliel), court-martialed under dubious circumstances for a mishap in No Man’s Land, the World War I abyss between front lines. Mathilde ignores her family and begins a personal quest for the truth. Along the way, she hires a detective and sees France through a strange carnival lens. Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet (“Le Fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain,” ”Delicatessen”) stirs up atmosphere and adds French-speaking Jodi Foster to his flashback-heavy, Fellini-like mix. But it is Tautou’s persevering innocence, like that of Emily Watson in “Breaking the Waves,” that makes this production both likeable and poignant.

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