Beautiful, just beautiful.
The scenes depicting the war are gritty and ugly.... realistic. But there's no extraneous gore. There's also not a single glamorous scene in the entire movie, come to think of it. That, in my opinion is part of the appeal of this film.
While the setting is just after WWI, with lots of flashback to that tumultuous time, this film is about hope, enduring love, perseverance, and determination - to live, to discover the truth.
The dialogue is entirely in French; there is no option for an English version of the audio track. However, there is the option for an English sub-title.
I think the director (Jeunet) has made better films, but if you liked "Amelie" or "Micmacs" you should be able to get into this lengthy and quirky study of loss and hope in post-WWI France. Also, Jodie Foster has a surprising small role you won't want to miss!
Must See - Very Long Engagement, A (2004) [Foreign - French] 133 min. This film is a textured work of art painting the beauties of peace in the yellow-hued cinematography and the horrors of war painted in greys. The war scenes are authentically recreated. Audrey Tatou plays a woman who refuses to accept that her fiancée died in the trenches of WWI. Her investigation leads her from one lead to another while another woman (played by the talented Marion Cotillard) seeks vengeance for those in the army that had something to do with her husband’s death. The film received 2005 Oscar nominations for Best Cinematography and Art Direction. Note of interest – the guillotine, used in this film as a form of capital punishment, was abolished as a form of execution in France in 1981!!!
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