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A Very Long Engagement (2004) More at IMDbPro »Un long dimanche de fiançailles (original title)

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A Very Long Engagement -- "A Very Long Engagement" tells the story of a young woman's relentless search for her fianc�e, who has disappeared from the trenches of the Somme during World War One.
A Very Long Engagement -- "A Very Long Engagement" tells the story of a young woman's relentless search for her fianc�e, who has disappeared from the trenches of the Somme during World War One.

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27 October 2004 (Belgium) See more »
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Never let go
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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 21 wins & 27 nominations See more »
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A Very Long Engagement is well worth the trip See more (232 total) »

Cast

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Audrey Tautou ... Mathilde

Gaspard Ulliel ... Manech

Dominique Pinon ... Sylvain
Chantal Neuwirth ... Bénédicte

André Dussollier ... Pierre-Marie Rouvières

Ticky Holgado ... Germain Pire

Marion Cotillard ... Tina Lombardi
Dominique Bettenfeld ... Ange Bassignano

Jodie Foster ... Elodie Gordes

Jean-Pierre Darroussin ... Benjamin Gordes

Clovis Cornillac ... Benoît Notre-Dame
Jean-Pierre Becker ... Esperanza

Denis Lavant ... Six-Soux
Jérôme Kircher ... Bastoche

Albert Dupontel ... Célestin Poux

Jean-Paul Rouve ... Le facteur
Elina Löwensohn ... La femme allemande

Julie Depardieu ... Véronique Passavant
Michel Vuillermoz ... P'tit Louis
Urbain Cancelier ... Le curé
Maud Rayer ... Madame Desrochelles

Michel Robin ... Le vieil homme sur le champ de bataille

Tchéky Karyo ... Capitaine Favourier

Jean-Claude Dreyfus ... Commandant Lavrouye
Philippe Duquesne ... Favart

Bouli Lanners ... Chardolot
Stéphane Butet ... Philippot
Christian Pereira ... L'officier des archives
François Levantal ... Thouvenel
Patrick Paroux ... Le médecin militaire
Solène Le Pechon ... Mathilde 10 ans
Virgil Leclaire ... Manech 13 ans
Florence Thomassin ... Narrator (voice)
Thierry Gibault ... Lieutenant Estrangin
Myriam Roustan ... La prostituée du café
Gilles Masson ... L'officier assassiné
Sandrine Rigault ... Mariette Notre-Dame (as Sandrine Rigaud)
Michel Chalmeau ... Le curé de Milly
Marc Faure ... Le directeur de la prison
Rodolphe Pauly ... Jean Desrochelles
Xavier Maly ... Le camarade de Chardolot
Till Bahlmann ... Le prisonnier allemand
Tony Gaultier ... Un fossoyeur
Louis-Marie Audubert ... Un fossoyeur
Jean-Gilles Barbier ... Le sergent
Marc Robert ... Un poilu
Pierre Heitz ... Un poilu
Philippe Maymat ... Un poilu
Eric Debrosse ... Un poilu
Michel Gondoin ... Un poilu (as Mike Gondouin)
Eric Fraticelli ... Le corse menaçant
Philippe Beautier ... Le blagueur du train
Gérald Weingand ... Un soldat floué
Luc Sonzogni ... Un soldat floué
Xavier Berlioz ... L'ordonnance
Frankie Pain ... La maquerelle
Marcel Philippot ... Le couple bourgeois
Pascale Lievyn ... Le couple bourgeois
Jean-Claude Lecoq ... Le mitrailleur allemand
Rufus ... Un Breton
Esther Sironneau ... L'infirmière
Stéphanie Gesnel ... Une fille de joie

Frédérique Bel ... Une fille de joie
Alexandre Caumartin ... Un brancardier
Eric Defosse ... Un brancardier
Gaspar Claus ... L'Allemand transperçé
Jean-Philippe Bèche ... Georges Cornu
Anaïs Durand ... Hélène Pire
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Morgan Berthon ... Un soldat regardant Manech (uncredited)

Xavier Bonastre ... Un bourgeois (1910) (uncredited)
Vincent Bowen ... (uncredited)
Marie-Thé Colmagne ... Une bourgeoise (1910) (uncredited)

Rachel Desmarest ... Petite prostitute (uncredited)
Arnaud Klein ... Soldier (uncredited)
Julien Lecat ... Un soldat (uncredited)
Arnaud Marciszewer ... Baptistin 8 ans (uncredited)
Arnaud Mathey-Dreyfus ... Soldier Hooked in a Tree (uncredited)
Christophe Perie ... Soldier (uncredited)
Aleksandrs Petukhovs ... Soldier (uncredited)

Aleksandra Yermak ... Passante sur la place de l'Opéra (uncredited)

Directed by
Jean-Pierre Jeunet 
 
Writing credits
Sébastien Japrisot (novel)

Jean-Pierre Jeunet (story and adaptation) and
Guillaume Laurant (story and adaptation)

Guillaume Laurant (dialogue)

Produced by
Francis Boespflug .... associate producer
Bill Gerber .... executive producer
Jean-Pierre Jeunet .... producer
Jean-Louis Monthieux .... executive producer
Fabienne Tsaï .... creative executive producer
 
Original Music by
Angelo Badalamenti 
 
Cinematography by
Bruno Delbonnel 
 
Film Editing by
Hervé Schneid 
 
Casting by
Pierre-Jacques Bénichou 
Marie-Sylvie Caillierez 
Valerie Espagne 
 
Production Design by
Aline Bonetto 
 
Set Decoration by
Véronique Melery 
 
Costume Design by
Madeline Fontaine 
 
Makeup Department
Jean-Charles Bachelier .... key hair stylist
Avril Carpentier .... makeup trainee
Christophe Chabenet .... special makeup effects artist
Sylvie Ferry .... special makeup effects artist
Dominique Galichet .... makeup artist
Sylvie Greco .... makeup artist
Marie-Pierre Hattabi .... hair stylist
Sébastien Imart .... special makeup effects artist
Pierre-Paul Jayne .... special makeup effects artist
Frédéric Lainé .... special makeup effects artist
Géraldine Lemaire .... additional hair stylist
Franck Mendoche .... hair stylist
Pascal Molina .... special makeup effects artist
Anne Moralis .... wig maker
Lucie Musci .... hair stylist
Annabelle Petit .... special makeup effects artist
Stéphane Robert .... makeup artist (as Stéphane Lagadic)
Jean-Christophe Roger .... makeup artist
Miguel Santos .... additional hairdresser
Erwan Simon .... special makeup effects artist
Nathalie Tissier .... key makeup artist
 
Production Management
Laurent Chiomento .... unit production manager
Nicolas Davy .... assistant unit manager
Jean-Marc Deschamps .... production manager
Eric Duchêne .... unit production manager
David Le Gall .... assistant unit manager
Alain Mougenot .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Artur .... assistant director
Sébastien Conche .... third assistant director
Matthieu de la Mortière .... second assistant director
Cécile Denis .... second assistant director
Guilain Depardieu .... second assistant director
Arnaud Esterez .... first assistant director
Julien Lecat .... assistant director
Arnaud Mathey-Dreyfus .... second assistant director
Thierry Mauvoisin .... first assistant director
Pascal Roy .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Florian Augereau .... assistant art director
Stéphanie Bertrand .... assistant art director
François Borgeaud .... props
Pascal Chevé .... plasterer supervisor
Bertrand Clercq-Roques .... assistant art director (as Bertrand Clerq-Roques)
Luc Desportes .... storyboard artist
Francesca Balestra Di Mottola .... art department trainee
Stéphanie Fortunato .... art department
Franck Gies .... carpenter
Mathieu Junot .... production design assistant
Serge Le Puil .... property buyer (as Serge Le Puyl)
Anne Le van ra .... art department coordinator
Delphine Mabed .... production design assistant
Emmanuel Maintigneux .... set designer
Jean-Manuel Martinez .... plasterer
Frédéric Pesquer .... tapestry
Hélène Rey .... assistant set decorator
Hélène Rey .... assistant set dresser
Patrick Schmitt .... assistant art director
Bertrand Terreyre .... carpenter
Nicolas Vrancken .... set dresser
 
Sound Department
Vincent Arnardi .... sound re-recording mixer
Marilena Cavola .... sound editor
Laurent Chassaigne .... sound recordist
Sophie Chiabaut .... sound
Vincent Cosson .... sound recordist
Cedric Denooz .... sound effects editor
Gérard Hardy .... sound editor
Denis Jaillet-Marsigny .... sound recordist
Laurent Kossayan .... sound effects editor
Guillaume Leriche .... assistant sound re-recording mixer
Alexis Place .... assistant dialogue editor
Jocelyn Robert .... sound mixer trainee
Igor Thomas-Gerard .... dialogue editor
Jean Umansky .... sound
Yannick Vergne .... assistant sound editor
Alexandre Widmer .... sound effects editor
 
Special Effects by
Jean-Baptiste Bonetto .... special effects
Noel Chainbaux .... special effects assistant
Yves Domenjoud .... special effects supervisor
Denis Gastou .... special effects makeup
Olivier Gleyze .... special effects supervisor
Olivier Marais .... special effects technician
Romain Rosier .... special effects assistant
Jean-Christophe Spadaccini .... special effects makeup
 
Visual Effects by
Hugo Arcier .... 3D digital artist
Christophe Belena .... scan and printing: Duboicolor
Jerome Billet .... matte painter
Axel Bonami .... digital compositor
Cyrille Bonjean .... digital compositor
Lucie Bories .... digital compositor
Emmanuelle Carlier .... visual effects coordinator
Alain Carsoux .... visual effects supervisor
Nicolas Daniel .... HD coordinator
Ludovic Davidian .... visual effects artist: Duboi
Séverine De Wever .... production coordinator
Thierry Delobel .... digital artist
Stephane Dittoo .... digital compositor
Ludovic Fouche .... matchmover
Xavier Fourmond .... digital compositor
Rip Hampton O'Neil .... technical director
Abdel Ali Kassou .... processing: DuboiColor
David Klett .... 3D digital artist
Aurelie Lajoux .... digital compositor
Emmanuel Le Courbe .... digital compositor
Bruno Le Provost .... 3D supervisor
Jeremie Leroux .... compositing supervisor
Stephane Lesmond .... visual effects video assist
Olivier Marci .... digital artist
Benjamin Massoubre .... 2k operator
Frederic Medioni .... computer graphic designer
Perrine Michel .... digital compositor
Cecile Peltier .... digital compositor
Benoit Philippon .... visual effects
Cyril Pichard .... research and development
Bruno Pierron .... visual effects artist
Sebastien Rame .... compositor
Aurore Rousset .... 3D animator
Bruno Sommier .... 3D shooting supervisor
Georges Tornero .... digital compositor (as George Tornero)
Philippe Tourret .... DCP coordinator
Philippe Tourret .... restoration coordinator
Daniel Trujillo .... sequence supervisor
Edouard Valton .... visual effects producer
Jean-Marie Vives .... digital matte painter
 
Stunts
Rémi Canaple .... assistant stunt coordinator
Rémi Canaple .... stunts
Alexandre Cauderlier .... stunts
Patrick Cauderlier .... stunt coordinator
Laurent Coin .... stunts
Yan Dron .... assistant stunt coordinator
Alexandrine Felquin .... stunts
Olivier Fornara .... stunts
Pascaline Girardot .... stunts
David Grolleau .... stunts
Vincent Haquin .... stunts
Enrico Horn .... stunts
Vladimir Houbart .... stunts
David Julienne .... stunts
Mael Lamberton .... stunts
John Medalin .... stunts
Pierre Medalin .... stunts
Jean-Loup Michou .... stunts
Alain Pedouan .... stunts
Teddy Pividal .... stunts
Dominique Ricou .... stunts
Sebastien Soudais .... stunts
Philippe Teissier .... stunts
Michaël Troude .... stunts
Philippe Vittoriani .... stunts (as Phil Vitt)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Michel Amathieu .... director of photography: second unit
Julien Bullat .... video assistant
Bruno Calvo .... still photographer
Juliette Castanier .... second assistant camera
Arthur Cloquet .... camera operator: second unit
Benoit Dentan .... aerial camera operator
Robert Dona .... grip
Bruno Dubet .... key grip
Michaël Gojon dit Martin .... electrician
Cédric Guerby .... electrician
Eric Larsen .... grip
Sophie Lelou Mollard .... electrician (as Sophie Mollard)
Cyril Liberman .... assistant camera
Beatrice Mizrahi .... director of photography: second unit
Valentin Monge .... Steadicam operator
Morvan Omnes .... grip
Jean-Baptiste Perrin .... electrician
Steeven Petitteville .... assistant camera
Yvan Quehec .... electrician
Ferencz Radnai .... rigging gaffer
Michel Sabourdy .... gaffer
Ludovic Simeon .... video assistant
Christophe Sournac .... electrician
James Swanson .... aerial director of photography
Alexandre Szabo-Fresnais .... assistant camera: Technospeed
Eric Vallée .... first assistant camera
Natacha Vautrin .... camera loader
Richard Weber .... set lighting technician
 
Animation Department
Aurore Rousset .... animator
 
Casting Department
Camille Brunat .... casting assistant
Rachel Desmarest .... casting assistant (as Rachel Berger)
Yann Le Boucher .... extras casting assistant
Marc Robert .... casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Loïc Barnier .... costumer
Catherine Boisgontier .... costume supervisor
Marie Bramsen .... costume design assistant
Céline Collobert .... costume trainee
Cédric Grenapin .... wardrobe
Chloé Lesueur .... dresser
Olivier Ligen .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Nicolas Criqui .... digital conformation
Céline De Seyne .... director of post-production
Mickael Dumontier .... digital conformation
Élodie Ichter .... scanner operator
Lionel Kopp .... post-production advisor
Céline Kélépikis .... assistant editor
Yvan Lucas .... colorist: Eclair
Philippe Reinaudo .... digital intermediate technical director
Philippe Tourret .... post-production coordinator
 
Music Department
Angelo Badalamenti .... orchestrator
Bryan Clements .... scoring crew
Edouard Dubois .... music consultant
Mark Eshelman .... scoring crew
Simon James .... music contractor
Greg Loskorn .... scoring technician
Phil Marshall .... conductor
Phil Marshall .... orchestrator
Adam Michalak .... score recordist
Bill Pearson .... music recordist
Dennis S. Sands .... music scoring mixer
Hervé Schneid .... music editor
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn
 
Other crew
Laure Auger-Robert .... personal assistant to director
Laure Auger-Robert .... production secretary
Christine Bodelot .... production controller
Élizabeth Boorn .... production coordinator
Jean Brun .... administrator
Maya Carillon .... production assistant
Marie Ducret .... scripte assistante
Jennifer Gay .... translator
Michaël Gojon dit Martin .... armorer
Marie Guillon .... administratrice de production
Sophie Hennard .... production assistant
Aude Lemercier .... location scout
Marc Leroyer .... armorer
Christophe Maratier .... weapons
Arnaud Mathey-Dreyfus .... location scout
Frédéric North .... helicopter pilot
Édith Pavageau .... production administrator
Peggy Pere .... aerial coordinator
Christophe Perie .... stand-in: Gaspard Ulliel
Julien Perrin .... video conforming
Luc Poullain .... aerial coordinator
Anne Wermelinger .... script supervisor
 
Thanks
Jacques Perrin .... thanks: "Le Peuple migrateur" footage
 

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Also Known As:
"Un long dimanche de fiançailles" - France (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for violence and sexuality
Runtime:
133 min
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Trivia:
A Paris court ruling prevented the movie from receiving State financial aid reserved to French movie production companies because it was produced by a company owned by Warner Bros., hence not a French company.See more »
Goofs:
Incorrectly regarded as goofs: In a dream sequence, the main character is seen dangling from the top deck of the lighthouse which in encircled by a steel railing. In a scene moments later, the two main characters are seen running around the top deck of the lighthouse which now has a solid white wall around the deck. However, Mathilde must have never been at the lighthouse before, that's why in her dream it looks differently from the actual one. Moreover, even familiar things and places often look strange and different in our dreams.See more »
Quotes:
Sylvain:[after the mailman rides his bike into the house] Make yourself at home! At Christmas, come down the chimney!See more »
Movie Connections:
References Amélie (2001)See more »
Soundtrack:
Peer Gynt: Suite Number 1, Opus 46See more »

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59 out of 70 people found the following review useful.
A Very Long Engagement is well worth the trip, 31 December 2004
Author: seaview1

Lovely Audrey Tautou and director Jean-Pierre Jeunet reteam (having previously made the delightful comedy Amelie) in the epic war drama, A Very Long Engagement, based on the novel by Sebastien Japrisot. It is a visual powerhouse of a film that defies conventional genres by melding together different themes and injecting a generous dose of period authenticity. This French language film is an emotional odyssey that keeps you guessing while it never loses sight of its humanity and even humor.

Childhood friends and then lovers, Mathilde (Tatout) and Manech (Gaspard Ulliel) are separated when duty calls in World War One France. War is hell and the trench fighting that will claim countless lives begins to take its toll on men's sanity and tolerance. Manech becomes one of five soldiers arrested for cowardice because each has a self inflicted hand wound to evade the deadly fighting. But instead of execution by firing squad, the condemned men are forced into no man's land to be fodder for the German line.

It is almost certain that all the prisoners died that day, but years later, in 1920, Mathilde continues in her quest to find the truth and her lover. Aided by her aunt and uncle, she enlists the help of an investigative agency and lawyer to track down the people who knew Manech. Slowly the list grows and one clue connects with another as more witnesses emerge. What starts out as a somber war romance develops into a fascinating adventure of love and mystery of fate as Mathilde follows the trail. Sure, she does get frustrated as a couple of clues are dead ends, but when a connection is established, the story leaps forward. At times the help comes from an unexpected source and at other times, sheer coincidence saves the day. There is even a subplot involving treachery and betrayal. Before long, the audience will become caught up in her journey. Is Manech alive and will Mathilde ever find him? The film's structure weaves back and forth through flashbacks with great ease and clarity. An occasional voice over narration ties up the loose ends. As the plot begins to make more sense, key scenes are retold from different viewpoints in the Rashomon style of storytelling. The battle scenes, quite grim and realistic (Saving Private Ryan type of action), are light years ahead of Paths of Glory's anthill scenes, although the opening march through the trenches is almost identical to Kubrick's 1957 classic. There is even a hint of the older favorite, Random Harvest, which also dealt with a wartime romance and search.

A Very Long Engagement is blessed with a strong ensemble cast although it may require a score card to keep track of all the names. Andrey Tautou is quite good as the anxious searcher. Her beauty never detracts from her acting talent. Gaspard Ulliel reminds one of a young Ethan Hawke in his innocence amid difficult circumstances. As the wife of a key character, Jodie Foster is effective as she corresponds with Mathilde. Yes, Jodie does the French thing well, but her appearance is a bit jarring. Dominique Pinon, a favorite of Jeunet's (Alien: Resurrection, Amelie), lends good support as the uncle. Even the smaller roles are well rounded and memorable, a testament to good casting, strong writing, and Jeunet's direction.

This big budget film is lengthy, but it does have the sweep of a big time novel. The production is outstanding in the authentic costumes and historic set designs of 1920. Jeunet employs cinematography and computer graphics effectively to recreate the era magnificently. He has always been a marvelous director of eye candy, and the film is wonderful to look at. Angelo Badalamenti who has spent a lot of time scoring the moody thrillers for David Lynch is allowed to flourish here with a lushly romantic, emotional soundtrack.

Doubtless this is very likely the ultimate French tearjerker, a kind of Gone with the Wind meets Cold Mountain type of film. It serves as a commentary on war, a romantic fable, a revenge tale, and an intricate mystery. It is a film that defies pigeonholing and that's part of the fun. It also has well defined characters and nice touches of detail and exposition. In short, it is one powerful movie to close out 2004.

***1/2 stars out of ****

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