A Very Long Engagement (France, 2004)

A detective-romance-war film; interesting combination. The detective plot defeated me but the other two offer the required emotions: gooeyness and horror. Most impressive are the visuals; some extraordinary shots that are seen only fleetingly (the squall when the farmer has to enlist and at the graveyard for Somme victims are two that stand out). Don’t worry too much about the plot, it’s a romance after all, and revel in the look. (OAR). http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0344510/


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