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A Very Long Engagement

A Very Long Engagement

A Feature film by Jean-Pierre Jeunet

Produced by 2003 Productions

Release in France : 27/10/2004

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Production and distribution (4)

Associate production company :

2003 Productions

French distribution :

Warner Bros. (France)

Co-productions :

Warner Bros. (France), TF1 Films Production, Tapioca Films

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It's 1919 and Mathilde is 19 years old. Two years earlier, her fiance Manech left for the Somme where, like thousands of others, he "died on the field of honor." The official notification of his death clearly states this, black ink on white paper. And yet, Mathilde refuses to accept this evidence. If Manech was dead, she would know. She clings on to her intuition as though to a last stretched cord linking her to her lover. A former sergent may insist that Manech died in the no man's land of a trench called Bingo Crépuscule, accompanied by four other soldiers condemned to death for willful mutilation, the message doesn't get through. Mathilde refuses to let go, clings ever more tightly to her convictions and sets out on her own investigation. Despite false hopes and incertitudes, little be little she reveals the truth about what happened to Manech and his four camarades.
The path is full of stumbling blocks and traps, but Mathilde is not afraid. Anything can be overcome by those who choose to challenge fate...

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A Very Long Engagement

Trailer (FR)


A Very Long Engagement

English trailer

Photos (8)

Full credits (20)

Executive Producer :

Francis Boespflug

Author of original work :

Sébastien Japrisot

Director of Photography :

Bruno Delbonnel

Assistant Operators :

Éric Vallée, Steeven Petitteville

Production Manager :

Jean-Marc Deschamps

Editor :

Hervé Schneid

Assistant editor :

Céline Kélépikis

Music Composer :

Angelo Badalamenti

Costume designer :

Madeline Fontaine

Narrator :

Florence Thomassin

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Feature film

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Sub-genre :

Drama, Historical

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Coproducer countries :

France, United States

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Nationality :

Majority French (France, United States)

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Runtime :

2 h 14 min

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Audio format :

Dolby Digital

Rating restrictions :

Suitable for all viewers, with warnings

Posters (1)


News (16)

Festival Selections (6)

Academy Awards - 2005

Academy Awards (United States, 2005)

Selection (3)

Nomination for Best Art Direction : Aline Bonetto

Nomination for Best Cinematography : Bruno Delbonnel

Nomination for Best Art Direction

Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 2005

Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 2005)

Selection (12)

Best Costume Design : Madeline Fontaine

Best Sound : Vincent Arnardi, Gérard Hardy, Jean Umansky

Best Production Design : Aline Bonetto

Best Cinematography : Bruno Delbonnel

Best Screenplay (Original or Adapted) : Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Guillaume Laurant

Best Editing : Hervé Schneid

Best Original Music : Angelo Badalamenti

Most Promising Actor : Gaspard Ulliel

Best Supporting Actress : Marion Cotillard

Best Actress : Jean-Pierre Jeunet

Best Director : Jean-Pierre Jeunet

Best Film

Lumiere Awards - 2005

Lumiere Awards (France, 2005)


French Films

Moscow - French Film Festival - 2004

Moscow - French Film Festival (Russia, 2004)


Official Section

Stockholm International Film Festival - 2004

Stockholm International Film Festival (Sweden, 2004)


World Cinema Section


Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 2005

Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 2005)

Awards (4)

Cesar Award for Best Supporting Actress : Marion Cotillard

César award for most promising actor : Gaspard Ulliel

César award for best cinematography : Bruno Delbonnel

César award for best production design : Aline Bonetto

Delegations (4)

Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 2005

Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 2005)

Team (14)

Actor : Audrey Tautou

Actor : Gaspard Ulliel

Sound recordist : Gérard Hardy

Editor : Hervé Schneid

Sound recordist : Jean Umansky

Costume designer : Madeline Fontaine

Actor : Marion Cotillard

Director of photography : Bruno Delbonnel

Director : Jean-Pierre Jeunet

Sound recordist : Vincent Arnardi

Screenwriter : Guillaume Laurant

Composer of original music : Angelo Badalamenti

Production designer : Aline Bonetto

Screenwriter : Jean-Pierre Jeunet