Audrey Tautou reteams with her Amélie director Jean-Pierre Jeunet for this sweeping World War I romance about a woman who will stop at nothing to find her fiancé, who went missing during the Battle of the Somme.
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It's not easy to make a love story. To actually make a good love story. And the title sums up why. The duration of a film requires a very long engagement. We must be seduced, compelled, enticed for the whole duration of the film. It is a very long engagement. It is really easy to break that spell. To do something corny or to spoil the harmony, to overdo it, or to shy away from making us fall in love with the story.
Gustame que é unha peli bastante cabrona e moi amarga. Por contra hai que aguantar de novo a Audery Tatou, e o que é pior, o que fai de mozo lelo (vaia persoaxe máis odiosa). A Cotillard si que ten un papel chulo, carallo. Ela e o da moto.
Some breathtaking scenes, fairy tale scenary . Visually, it deserves 5 stars. The plot may be a little confusing: at first, 3 of the 5 condemned to death looked very similar to me :). Anyway, it's a refreshing film, plenty of war anecdotes that sometimes seem unlikely. A childhood love, a tender story about hope and determination. I liked this film more than Delicatessen (even if it has a higher rating..here).
A sprawling epic love story set against WWI with fine performances and sumptuous cinematography and a cracking sweeping score. The cast is great but I am not that comletely sold on the chemistry between Tatou and Ulliel which hampers the movie considerably for me. And the movie sometimes loses its momentum due to its long running time. Apart from this there is not much to complain about.
2.7 stars. Sweet and touching, but simultaneously so concerned with being "sweet" and "touching" and looking "sweet" and "touching", that you desperately grasp onto the performances (which, luckily, are very fine!) as a point of authentic, emotional attachment. One could argue this is exactly what a love story needs, however it made me miss the visual gimmicks of the early works! I do like a protag with OCD though.
All I can say is that - A VERY LONG ENGAGEMENT is a pretty well-made movie. Jean-Pierre Jeunet have made a quite interesting storyline. This movie tells about a beautiful girl - in the quest of searching for his lost boyfriend in World War I. Well, it's a drama movie. But not only drama. There is also a mystery in it. It seems that Jeunet wanted to put a lot of things in it. Because sometimes it feels OVERWHELMING...