A Very Long Engagement (2004)

I watched Un long dimanche de fiançailles (2004) last weekend. Twice. It’s that good.

It a WW I film that stars Audrey Tautou and is directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet (who has a great photo on IMDB.com). He directed Tautou in Amelie (another favourite of mine).

Paris of the 1920s is beautifully recreated. The art direction is top-notch. The cinematography is interesting—love the scene where a grenade is thrown up in the air and explodes just in time to take down a German plane. The camera work during this sequence is great. The various panning shots around trains throughout the film are also interesting.

There are some interesting supplemental features on the second disc that explain how some of the scenes were filmed. For example, the Museé D’Orsay is digitally transformed to its former self—a train station. If you’ve ever been to Paris you won’t want to miss this one.

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