A Very Long Engagement

Posted 2005-11-07 @ 10:18:25 In articles > reviews

I should have known by the title that this would be a long movie. Sometimes that most obvious things are right in front of your face but choose to ignore them because you so badly want to like a movie. A Very Long Engagement is not a bad movie, its just that its too long...waaaay too long.

The movie begins in much the same way as Cold Mountain did. Young couple is in love, the guy supposedly dies in the war and the girl is heartbroken but never gives up hope that her love will return to her. The difference is that in this movie the girl (played with strength by Audrey Tautou) actually gets off her ass and goes in search of the boy.

When Jean-Pierre Jeunet makes a movie you know that it is going to be a masterpiece of cinematography. In Amelie every single frame was a masterpiece of colour and composition. It is the same here, though instead of using green and red Jeunet uses different hues of brown. I’m not a big fan of the colour brown, but it seems very fitting in this movie. Just watch the scene where Mathilda stands at the top of the lighthouse at sunset. Astonishing. Unfortunately my eye can only take in so much beauty in one sitting.

Audrey Toutou really surprised me. After seeing Amelie I seriously thought that she would typecast in the beautiful, meek and quirky love role. But she will not be contained. Mathilda is a strong woman that won’t let anyone or anything stand in her way. There aren’t really any other actor’s worth mentioning. Her fiancée (please check if this is male or female?) is kinda cute in a hebish way...and by that I mean he looks like a teenager, which he is supposed to...and I’m not going to go into my hebbephilia right now so don’t ask!

Take the risk if you like French movies, but make sure that you have a whole afternoon free. I must admit though that it isn’t as long as I make it sound...it just feels that way.


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