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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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The mournful tune that Mathilde plays on the tuba is "Aase's Death" from the Peer Gynt Suite by Edvard Grieg. See more »

Goofs

The "Gare d'Orsay" station in Paris (today the "Musée d'Orsay") is shown in the movie. We see and hear a steam train in this station. In fact, there never were steam trains in this station, as the trains were hauled by electric locomotives in the tunnel from Gare d'Orsay to Gare d'Austerlitz. Jean-Pierre Jeunet learned this after the movie was released. See more »

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[repeated line]
Bénédicte: Farting hound, happy sound.
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References Paths of Glory (1957) See more »

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Peer Gynt: Suite Number 1, Opus 46
Composed by Edvard Grieg
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Passion, sweetness, poetry
20 December 2004 | by See all my reviews

An epic love story on a World War I background. Far from Amelie, the team Jeunet/Tautou demonstrates his talent, showing with poetry love and war, beauty and horror, sweetness and violence. Mathilde and Manech, played by the stunning Audrey Tautou and the new French heart-throb Gaspard Ulliel, are the ideal lovers, determinate, passionate, separated by destiny, hoping...because hope is the message, the only one of a film where love is giving and giving again. If you loved Cold Mountain you will adore "A very long engagement". If don't know yet what it is to hold someone's heart in your hand, to feel the beatings of somebody's heart like the Morse alphabet, this movie will explain it to you, and you never will be the same anymore.


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