DVD 133 mins IMDB 7.9 (11,446 votes)
R (Restricted)
A Very Long Engagement
Warner Bros. (2004)
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John Wood
USA  /  English

Audrey Tautou Mathilde
Jean-Pierre Becker Lieutenant Esperanza
Dominique Bettenfeld Ange Bassignano
Clovis Cornillac Benoît Notre-Dame
Marion Cotillard Tina Lombardi
Jean-Pierre Darroussin Benjamin Gordes
Julie Depardieu
Jean-Claude Dreyfus
Andre Dussollier
Ticky Holgado Germain Pire
Denis Lavant Six-Soux
Dominique Pinon Sylvain
Jean-Paul Rouve
Gasparo Ulliel
Michel Vuillermoz
Gaspard Ulliel Manech
Jodie Foster Elodie Gordes
Chantal Neuwirth Bénédicte
André Dussollier Pierre-Marie Rouvières
Jérôme Kircher Bastoche
Albert Dupontel Célestin Poux

Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Producer Jean-Pierre Jeunet; Francis Boespflug
Writer Guillaume Laurant; Sébastien Japrisot; Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Cinematography Bruno Delbonnel
Musician Angelo Badalamenti
User Credit 1 Hervé Schneid
User Credit 2 Catherine Boisgontier; Madeline Fontaine

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...

Edition Details
Barcode 085393897222
Region 1
Release Date 7/12/2005
Packaging Keep Case
Screen Ratio Fullscreen (4:3, Letterboxed)
Subtitles English; French; Spanish
Audio Tracks Dolby Digital 2.0 [English]
Layers Single Side, Single Layer
No. of Disks/Tapes 2

Disc 1: Disc 1:
Audio Commentary by Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Disc 2:
The Making Of "A Very Long Engagement"
Paris in the '20s
Before the Explosion
Deleted Scenes with Jean-Pierre Jeunet Audio Commentary
Personal Details
Purchase Date 10/29/2005
User Lookup 1 DVD Copy
User Text 1 Violence and sexuality.
User Text 2 Never let go
Links DVD Empire
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Trivia: 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)