A Very Long Engagement
Warner Bros. (2004)
USA / English
In 1919, Mathilde was 19 years old. Two years earlier, her fiancé Manech left for the front at the Somme. Like millions of others he was "killed on the field of battle." It's written in black and white on the official notice. But Mathilde refuses to believe it. If Manech had died, she would know. She hangs on to her intuition as tightly as she would onto the last thread of hope linking her to her lover. A former sergeant tells her in vain that Manech died in the no man's land of a trench named Bingo Crepescule, in the company of four other men condemned to die for self-inflicted wounds. Her path ahead is full of obstacles but Mathilde is not frightened. Anything is possible to someone who is willing to challenge fate...
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||English; French; Spanish
||Dolby Digital 2.0 [English]
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Audio Commentary by Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet
The Making Of "A Very Long Engagement"
Paris in the '20s
Before the Explosion
Deleted Scenes with Jean-Pierre Jeunet Audio Commentary
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The "MMM" written by Manech is like the "M(heart)M" that a speaker of English might write: the French word "aime", meaning "loves", is pronounced like "M". For the English subtitles, the initials were preserved by substituting the translation "Manech's Marrying Mathilde". (more) Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When Mathilde is being told about how Manech got shot by an Albatross plane, the soldier says that there were no forward firing planes then. This is not true as they were introduced by the Germans in 1915 (the story occurs in late 1916). (more) Quotes: Mathilde
: [peeling an apple
] If I don't break the peel, Menech is alive. (more) Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 15 wins & 20 nominations (more)