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A Very Long Engagement: On the Set of a Romantic Epic (2004)

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essentially a murder mystery set in the sepia toned '20's of France
21 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Directing, editing and cinematography truly earn a 10 for 10. Mainly set in the countryside of France. Character development is beyond strong, which entrances the viewer into the mystery Matilde' must solve. Superstitions guide the main character all in the hope of finding a dead man who may not be dead. For any history buff the settings of this film captivate and give accurate account to the horrors and inane stupidity of WWI. Five condemned men must attempt a way out of no mans(the very short above ground yardage between enemy lines of the trench warfare of WWI)through escape or a simple death. To give more information would be to spoil the movie. This film has within it horror, comedy, drama, despair, but most of all hope. an undying hope in the character of Matilde'. For film it contains zero formulaic elements and must be seen to appreciate. The twists and turns lead the viewer into the life and times of the setting, dead bolting you to the plot. a full range of emotions are wrenched from the viewer as you wind and weave through this masterpiece. Yet with comedic interloping it is saved from being a complete tear-streamer.


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Has anyone a copy of this 'documentary' ??? jlecat

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