In the mood to settle in and watch a film that is sweepingly majestic in its cinematography and achingly poignant in its story? I thought so.
A Very Long Engagement is directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet ("Amelie") and based on the novel by Frenchman Sebastien Japrisot. Viewers familiar with "Amelie" will expect a bit of charm, a bit of humor--even in the darkness of war time--a bit of quirkiness, and stellar performances that draw us in and nearly leave us breathless after each scene. This film is part mystery, part romance, a puzzle to be solved, a dream to cling to as it were a gossamer thread wrenched by the gale force of war. This is not a family film; there are brutal scenes of battle, sensuous scenes of passion. But it is definitely a film to be watched again and again, as each and every item--lines, props, devices, even music--is designed to enhance the film. Nothing is wasted.
A Very Long Engagement is one of the few films I have wanted to watch again the minute the credits began to roll. Simply gorgeous.