A Very Long Engagement

A Very Long Engagement

A Very Long Engagment (Un long dimanche de fian├žailles) 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.

  • Put aside any thoughts you have that this is just a cheesy children's movie about fake looking fairies. Quite the contrary. It's actually a beautifully shot film about two children in World War I England who set about photographin... Put aside any thoughts you have that this is just a cheesy children's movie about fake looking fairies. Quite the contrary. It's actually a beautifully shot film about two children in World War I England who set about photographing fairies they find in their garden, only to capture the attention of such historical figures as Houdini (Harvey Keitel) and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Peter O'Toole.) A magical tale that adults will enjoy just as much as children.

    Related Products: More from Amazon.com
    Added 6 Years Ago from Amazon.com
  • Charlie Allnut (Humphrey Bogart) agrees to transport Rose Sayer (Katherine Hepburn) on his steamer, "African Queen." As the two could not be more diametrically opposed, the dialogue is as wry and witty as Bogart and Hepburn were ... Charlie Allnut (Humphrey Bogart) agrees to transport Rose Sayer (Katherine Hepburn) on his steamer, "African Queen." As the two could not be more diametrically opposed, the dialogue is as wry and witty as Bogart and Hepburn were in real life. Set during World War I and filmed on location in Africa, the movie also provides a bit of historical education along the way.