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A Very Long Engagement Details

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Audrey Tautou, who rose to international stardom with the title role in Jean-Pierre Jeunet's worldwide smash Jean-Pierre Jeunet, reunites with the director for this drama, set during the darkest days of World War I and its immediate aftermath. Mathilde (Tautou) is a pretty but frail young women who was left with a bad leg after a childhood bout with polio. Mathilde lives in a small French village with her Aunt Bénédicte (Chantal Neuwirth) and Uncle Sylvain (Dominique Pinon), and is engaged to marry Manech (Gaspard Ulliel), the son of a lighthouse keeper who is fighting with the army near the German front. Manech is one of five soldiers who have been accused of injuring themselves in order to be sent home; in order to discourage similar behavior among their comrades, Manech and the other soldiers are sentenced to death, and the condemned men are marched into the no man's land between the French and German lines, where they are certain to be killed. Mathilde receives word of Manech's death, but in her heart she believes that if the man she loved had been killed, she would know it and feel it. Convinced he's still alive somewhere, Mathilde hires a private detective (Ticky Holgado) shortly after the end of the war, and together they set out to find the missing Manech. Jodie Foster appears in a supporting role as a Polish expatriate living in France. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:January 21, 2005

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
American Society of Cinematographers Bruno Delbonnel Best Cinematography 2004 Winner
Boston Society of Film Critics Bruno Delbonnel Best Cinematography [Runner-up] 2004 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Bruno Delbonnel Best Cinematography 2004 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Aline Bonetto Best Art Direction 2004 Nominee

Cast

Audrey Tautou
as Mathilde
Gaspard Ulliel
as Manech
Jean-Pierre Becker
as Esperanza
Dominique Bettenfeld
as Ange Bassignano
Clovis Cornillac
as Benoit Notre Dame
Marion Cotillard
as Tina Lombardi
Jean-Pierre Darroussin
as Benjamin Gordes
Jodie Foster
as Elodie Gordes
Jean-Claude Dreyfus
as Commandant Lavrouye
Albert Dupontel
as Celestin Poux
André Dussollier
as Rouviéres
Ticky Holgado
as Germain Pire
Tchéky Karyo
as Captain Favourier
Jérôme Kircher
as Bastoche
Denis Lavant
as Six-Sous
Francois Levantal
as Thouvenel
Chantal Neuwirth
as Bénédicte
Dominique Pinon
as Sylvain
Jean-Paul Rouve
as The Postman
Julie Depardieu
as Véronique Passavant
Michel Vuillermoz
as L'il Louis
Bouli Lanners
Rufus
as A Breton
Michel Chalmeau
as The Priest of Milly
Maud Rayer
Philippe Duquesne
Florence Thomassin
as Narrator
Rodolphe Pauly
as Jean Desrochelles
Xavier Maly
as Chardolot's Friend
Myriam Roustan
as The Cafe Prostitute
Thierry Gibault
as Lieutenant Estrangin
Sandrine Rigaud
as Mariette Notre Dame
Marc Faure
as The Prison Director
Gilles Masson
as The Murdered Officer
Till Bahlmann
as German Prisoner
Tony Gaultier
as Gravedigger
Louis-Marie Audubert
as Gravedigger
Jean Gilles Barbier
as Sergeant
Pierre Heitz
as Soldier
Philippe Maymat
as Soldier
Eric Debrosse
as Soldier
Michel Gondouin
as Soldier
Eric Fraticelli
as Menacing Corsican
Philippe Beautier
as Joker On The Train
Gérald Weingand
as Conned Solider
Xavier Berlioz
as Orderly
Frankye Pain
as Madam
Marcel Philippot
as Bourgeois Couple
Jean-Claude Lecoq
as German Machine Gunner
Esther Sironneau
as Nurse
Stephanie Gesnel
as Prostitute
Frederique Bel
as Prostitute
Alexandre Caumartin
as Stretcher Bearer
Eric Defosse
as Stretcher Bearer
Gaspar Claus
as Stabbed German
Jean Gilles Barbier
as Sergeant
Marcel Philippot
as Bourgeois Couple
Gilles Masson
as The Murdered Officer
Alexandre Caumartin
as Stretcher Bearer
Xavier Maly
as Chardolot's Friend
Stephanie Gesnel
as Prostitute
Philippe Beautier
as Joker On The Train
Rodolphe Pauly
as Jean Desrochelles
Eric Fraticelli
as Menacing Corsican
Gérald Weingand
as Conned Solider
Eric Defosse
as Stretcher Bearer
Jean-Claude Lecoq
as German Machine Gunner
Michel Gondouin
as Soldier
Esther Sironneau
as Nurse
Pierre Heitz
as Soldier
Louis-Marie Audubert
as Gravedigger
Sandrine Rigaud
as Mariette Notre Dame
Myriam Roustan
as The Cafe Prostitute
Frederique Bel
as Prostitute
Marc Faure
as The Prison Director
Thierry Gibault
as Lieutenant Estrangin
Philippe Maymat
as Soldier
Frankye Pain
as Madam
Xavier Berlioz
as Orderly
Till Bahlmann
as German Prisoner
Tony Gaultier
as Gravedigger
Eric Debrosse
as Soldier

Crew

Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Director
Francis Boespflug
Producer
Sébastien Japrisot
Book Author
Guillaume Laurant
Dialogue Writer
Guillaume Laurant
Screenwriter
Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Screenwriter
Bruno Delbonnel
Cinematographer
Angelo Badalamenti
Composer (Music Score)
Herve Schneid
Editor
Aline Bonetto
Production Designer
Jean-Lou Monthieux
Executive Producer
Madeline Fontaine
Costume Designer
Laurent Kossayan
Sound/Sound Designer
Pascal Roy
First Assistant Director
Thierry Mauvoisin
First Assistant Director
Arnaud Esterez
First Assistant Director
Vincent Arnardi
Sound Mixer
Pierre-Jacques Benichou
Casting
Alain Carsoux
Digital Effects
Nathalie Tissier
Makeup
Jean Umansky
Sound Recordist
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