A Very Long Engagement

A Very Long Engagement

A Very Long Engagment (Un long dimanche de fiançailles) is a film about love, war, and many other things I probably missed. It's a beautiful film with amazing scenery, cinematography, plot (good, even though it's complicated) and acting. The film is about Manche and Mathilde, whom we follow (with digressions) throughout the movie. Manche and Mathilde are engaged, but World War I rips them apart. The film tells their story; one of hope, searching and intrigue, while giving the viewer a feel for the senseless, ugly war that destroyed a beautiful Europe. What is beautiful about this film is the range of emotions and situations it covers: Love, war, happiness, comedy, pathos - quite a few. The scenery is amazing and make you feel transported to the pre-war, rural and urban European era. The director is Jean-Pierre Jeunet, who made Amelie, which is probably why Mathilde is played by Audrey Tautou (of Amelie fame) and contains many of the bit players from that film. It's an enchanting film that I recommend watching, even though it's a bit long (133 minutes). In French with English subtitles.