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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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27 October 2004 (France)  »

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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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In the opening scene a soldier lights a cigarette with a lamp, but it doesn't burn. He smokes it as if it burns. See more »

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Sylvain: [after the mailman rides his bike into the house] Make yourself at home! At Christmas, come down the chimney!
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References MASH (1970) See more »

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Peer Gynt: Suite Number 1, Opus 46
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Best movie this year
21 December 2004 | by (Houston, Texas) – See all my reviews

I had the pleasure of seeing this movie on a special preview last night and I was enthralled at its story line and cinematic experience. I wasn't a great fan of Amelie and hence was not expecting any particular out-of-body experience in viewing this. But I was wrong. It is a wonderful piece of story telling – somewhat difficult to follow if you do have a short memory span for character names – and flashbacks. Yet at the end, it seamlessly closes the web in a beautifully written script that has been well acted and filmed. It is particularly gory in the WWI battle scenes but probably accurate in depiction whilst the locations where the film was shot seem out of this world (hoped they were not computer generated). Quaint towns, fields, beaches and houses lend a beautiful touch to the story of a love that will not die whilst Audrey Tautou delivers a spellbinding performance in a child-like heroine with a will of steel. A special mention must be given to Bruno Delbonnel's camera work which simply is amazing. Can't wait for the DVD.


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