A Very Long Engagement

Rated 4.0 World War I is the setting for this genre-busting story in which a French woman (Audrey Tautou) refuses to believe that her fiancé-soldier (Gaspard Ulliel) was executed during combat after purposely injuring himself in an attempt to be sent far away from ferocious bombardments at the front line. Her subsequent relentless investigation is mixed with flashbacks in an intensely magnetic story that melts familiar elements of war, romance and mystery films into something fresh, sensual and stunning. Jean-Pierre Jeunet (Amelie and Delicatessen), one of the most cinematic and imaginative directors working today, adds yet another transcendental production to his impressive portfolio.