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A Very Long Engagement

From Jean-Pierre Jeunet -"Amelie") comes a fiercely anti-war movie wrapped in an epic love story. Audrey Tautou (pronounced toe-too) is Mathilde a French woman bent on tracking down her fiancé Manech (Gaspard Ulliel) after his disappearance during World War I when he and four other soldiers were court-martialed for self-inflicted wounds in an effort to get out of active duty. "A Very Long Engagement" is based on the late Sebastien Japrisot's novel, and accumulates a bracing sense of the lasting effects of war that infect generations long after the fact. Jodie Foster puts to use her impeccable command of French in a small supporting role as a widow to one of the missing soldiers. Special features include commentary by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, a great making-of documentary, and 14 deleted scenes with optional director's commentary. Aspect ratio is 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen with crisp sound represented in Dolby Digital 5.1. (Movie - Four Stars, DVD features - Three Stars) Rated R, 134 mins. (Warner Brothers)

August 24, 2005 | Permalink