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Wednesday, July 27, 2005

A Very Long Engagement

A Very Long Engagement is not as perfect (or near-perfect) as Amélie, and indeed the more cynical viewers will doubtless tear it apart for brazenly manipulating the audience's emotions, but end product is one that should appeal to anyone who enjoyed Amélie. This is a film that firmly places the audience in the passenger's seat throughout and prohibits any detours from its director's route plan, but sometimes there is nothing wrong with that.

I've reviewed the recent R1 release of A Very Long Engagement, the latest film by Jean-Pierre Jeunet which finds him on familiar ground, reteaming him with Amélie's Audrey Tautou. Warner's 2-disc release is feature-packed but has a slightly disappointing transfer.


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