Long Engagement
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Un long dimanche de fiançailles
A very long engagement

Themes: First World War, love.
Mathilde, 19 years old, relies on her intuition which tells her that, contrary to an official announcement, her fiancé Manech has not been killed during WWI in the trenches of Northern France. She contacts everybody who might know something about his fate.
Loving portrayal of first love, the rugged landscapes of Brittany (northwestern France) and of Paris in the 1920's. Dramatic portrayal of the horrors of war.

Background information

Scr. Writer

Jean-Pierre Jeunet  (director of  'Amelie')

Main Actors

Audrey Tautou, Gaspar Ulliel, Julie Depardieu (daughter of Gérard Depardieu) Jodie Foster, Marion Cotillard, other actors also seen in 'Amelie'




2005,  Nominated for 2 Oscars (Best Achievement in Cinematography, Best Achievement in Art Direction)
Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography by ASC (American Society of Cinematographers)
2005,  5 Cesars: Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Production Design, Best Supporting Actress (Marion Cotillard), Most Promising Actor (Gaspard Ulliel)


129 min

Related Websites

Summary of World War I
Chronology of WWI
Trench Warfare
Synopsis of the film


bulletDescribe some examples of the best and of the most despicable characteristics of human behavior exhibited during war.
bulletName two or three traits of character of Mathilde.
bulletName two or three traits of character of Manech.
bulletName several elements (and characters) of 'comic relief' in the movie.
bulletComment on the use of light and dark in the portrayal of nature.
bulletComment on the use of light and dark in the portrayal of people.
bulletDescribe the Paris of the Belle Epoque (Art Nouveau)
bulletWhy is an important part of the film shot in sepia (color)?

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