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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Mathilde
... Manech
... Sylvain
Chantal Neuwirth ... Bénédicte
... Pierre-Marie Rouvières
... Germain Pire
... Tina Lombardi
Dominique Bettenfeld ... Ange Bassignano
... Elodie Gordes
... Benjamin Gordes (as Jean Pierre Darroussin)
... Benoît Notre-Dame
Jean-Pierre Becker ... Esperanza (as Jean Pierre Becker)
... Six-Soux
Jérôme Kircher ... Bastoche
... Célestin Poux
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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:

14 January 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Very Long Engagement  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$47,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$7,969,526 (France), 29 October 2004

Opening Weekend USA:

$101,749, 28 November 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$6,167,817, 27 February 2005

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$70,115,868, 28 April 2005
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

When casting Jodie Foster, Jean-Pierre Jeunet met her in Paris at the café which was used to shoot the scenes in Amélie (2001) which is near where he lives. Some tourists were at the café, knowing it was featured in the film, asked Jeunet and Foster to move out of the way (not recognizing them) so that they could take a photograph of the café. See more »

Goofs

As the farmer in "The end of the World" is telling his story, bottles of Dom Perignon Champagne can be seen in the basement he is hiding in. Moët & Chandon did not produce Dom Perignon until 1929. See more »

Quotes

Manech (13 Years Old): Do I stink of fish?
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Soundtracks

Peer Gynt: Suite Number 1, Opus 46
Composed by Edvard Grieg
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Jaw Droppingly Wonderful
11 January 2005 | by 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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