Un long dimanche de fiançailles

France

Synopsis

As World War I draws to an end, a young French woman's greatest fight is about to begin. Mathilde has received word that her fiance Manech is one of five wounded soldiers who have been court-martialed and pushed out into the no-man's land between the French and German armies... and almost certain death. Unwilling to accept that her beloved Manech is lost to her forever, Mathilde embarks on an extraordinary journey to discover the fate of her lover. At each turn, she receives a different heartbreaking variation on how Manech must have spent those last days, those last moments. Still, she never gets discouraged. If Manech were dead, Mathilde would know. With a steadfast faith, strengthened by hope and a stubbornly cheerful disposition, Mathilde follows her investigation to its conclusion, convincing those who might help her and ignoring those who will not. As she draws closer to the truth about the five unfortunate soldiers and their brutal punishment, she is drawn deeper into the horrors of war and the indelible marks it leaves on those whose lives it has touched.
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Cast & Crew

Directed by: Jean-Pierre Jeunet

Written by: Jean-Pierre Jeunet

Cinematography: Bruno Delbonnel

Editing: Hervé Schneid

Production Design: Aline Bonetto

Original Score: Angelo Badalamenti

Main Cast: Audrey Tautou (Mathilde), Gaspard Ulliel (Manech)

Nominations and Awards

  • European Production Designer 2005
  • European Actress 2005
  • European Cinematographer – Prix Carlo Di Palma 2005
  • European Editor 2005
  • People's Choice Award 2005
  • Feature Film Selection 2005