søndag 8. juli 2012

"A Very Long Movie"


Original title: Un long dimanche de fiancailles
Year: 2004
Country: France/United States
Language: French
Number: 1027
Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Starring: Audrey Tautou, Gaspard Ulliel, Marion Cotillard, Dominique Pinon
Oscar nom: Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography
IMDb: 7.8
RT score: 78%

Jean-Pierre Jeunet's reprise his collaboration with actress Audrey Tautou in A Very Long Engagement, after the great success with Amelie. To bad that this is exactly the same movie, only dressed up in a military camouflage. The movie is set in France, right after the first world war. Mathilde who's engage to her boyfriend, Manech, who's missing, and no one knows if he's dead or alive. As in Amelie we get to go deep into the characters private life and hobbies, and I couldn't have cared less that Mathilde loves playing the tuba.

It's uses all the techniques as Amelie, and since that was a romantic comedy, it doesn't fit into a war film. It isn't serious enough, it's to bright to be a war film, and it also bugs me that many soldiers accidentally shoots their hands in order to get out of the front, what a Vietnam cliche. The stylistic layers only makes me sick and offended that they want to make a colorful fruit punch out of the muddy trenches. What did I like? Well Audrey Tautou is hot, and it's kind of interesting to watch Jodie Foster act in French. But otherwise it's a movie that I sincerely hate, because it's a romantic melodrama comedy that has no respect for the actualities and human suffering, but is only interesting to show us another author film, and also it's to long. I don't care if it's based on any novel or how close it is. It's a movie that I really can't stand.

Grade: D

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