A Very Long Engagement / Un Long Dimanche De Fiançailles

TitleA Very Long Engagement / Un Long Dimanche De Fiançailles
Publication TypeFilm
Year of Publication2003
AuthorsJeunet, Jean-Pierre
Running Time2h 14m
DistributorWarner Independent Pictures
CountryFrance, United States
Publication LanguageFrench, English

In this French romance drama  directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, a young French woman, Mathilde, is determined to find her fiancé, who has been missing and declared dead since disappearing during the Battle of the Somme from July to November 1916. Mathilde refuses to believe that he is gone and starts an investigation, which uncovers much more than she’d expected, including a heartless state-sponsored execution procedure for court-martialed soldiers. As Mathilde tries to determine the circumstances of her lover's death, the film explores the life of soldiers on the front along with the  life of their next of kin at the home front.


Audrey Tautou

Gaspard Ulliel

Marion Cotillard

Dominique Pinon

Chantal Neuwirth

André Dussolier

Ticky Holgado

Jodie Foster

Narrated by Florence Thomassin


Directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet

Produced by Francis Boespflug, Bill Gerber, Jean-Louis Monthieux, and Fabienne Tsaï

Screenplay by Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Guillaume Laurant

Music by Angelo Badalamenti

Cinematography by Bruno Delbonnel

Edited by Hervé Schneid

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