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A Very Long Engagement (2004)
"Un long dimanche de fiançailles" (original title)

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Tells the story of a young woman's relentless search for her fiancé, who has disappeared from the trenches of the Somme during World War One.

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Five desperate French soldiers during The Battle of the Somme shoot themselves, either by accident or with purpose, in order to be invalided back home. Having been "caught" a court-martial convenes and determines punishment to be banishment to No Man's Land with the objective of having the Germans finish them off. In the process of telling this tale each man's life is briefly explored along with their next of kin as Methilde, fiancée to one of the men, tries to determine the circumstances of her lover's death. This task is not made any easier for her due to a bout with polio as a child. Along the way she discovers the heights and depths of the human soul. Written by Liam McBain

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Never let go

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Drama | Mystery | Romance | War

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Rated R for violence and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

27 October 2004 (France)  »

Also Known As:

A Very Long Engagement  »

Box Office

Budget:

$47,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$94,884 (Hong Kong) (1 April 2005)

Gross:

$200,542 (Hong Kong) (8 April 2005)
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When Mathilde interviews Tina Lombardi (played by Marion Cotillard) about the murders she committed, Tina responds, "Je ne regrette rien". This is also the title of a famous song by Édith Piaf, who was played by Marion Cotillard in La Vie en Rose (2007) three years after this film. See more »

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An explosion with the force that occurred in the hangar would have blown out all the windows and probably the roof sheeting as well, if not doors and walls. It is also doubtful that a unmoored dirigible could snap a rope that size. See more »

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Mathilde: [after climbing out of her wheelchair] Miracles don't just happen in Lourdes, you know.
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Referenced in Un long dimanche de fiançailles: le making-of (2004) See more »

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Peer Gynt: Suite Number 1, Opus 46
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Jaw Droppingly Wonderful
11 January 2005 | by (Catonsville, Md.; USA) – See all my reviews

This is one of those times that a rating system breaks down. I gave this film a "10" only because there were no "20's" available.

This film, in its own way, seems to be able to fire on those same diverse cylinders that William Shakespeare so often did. It's a light and airy comedy. It's the bitterest of tragedies. It's a beautiful romance. It's an unfolding mystery. At it's heart it is a film of war. War, in all its boiling chaos, touches on all those experiences and more.

When I left the theater I was both elated and depressed. My elation came from having just had such a pure cinematic experience. My depression came from glancing at the marquee and reminding myself that I'll have to survive on the sort of cinema half-life provided by the pablum that normally makes it to the screen. Every now and again it's great to be reminded just how good a movie can be.


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