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A Very Long Engagement

3

It's 1917 and as if the senseless slaughter of hundreds of thousands during the Somme nightmare wasn't enough, five French soldiers are sentenced to death for self-mutilation. But with their fate never officially recorded, Mathilde (the mesmerising Audrey Tautou) starts searching for her fiancé - the youngest of the condemned. While Jean-Pierre Jeunet's visually extraordinary WWI epic's playful script is often at odds with its weighty criticisms of cretinous French military generals, the whole film glows with a humanity all but absent from the trenches.

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