A Very Long Engagement

Rated 4.0 Audrey Tautou reunites with her Amelie director for a WWI love story that is both absorbing and incredible to look at. Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s filmmaking style is equal parts epic and quirky, resulting in a film that is like no other. Tautou plays a woman whose lover is presumed dead after being punished for self mutilation on the battlefield. She believes he is alive and sets out to find him. This is one of 2004’s better looking films, with an award-worthy score by Angelo Badalementi (Twin Peaks). Tautou, who has had some minor success with English-speaking roles (Dirty Pretty Things), is luminous in her French element. Elements of the film remind of Stanley Kubrick’s brilliant Paths of Glory.