But because it's a movie from the guy who directed Amelie, The City of Lost Children, Delicatessen, and yes, Alien: Resurrection, you should logically expect frequent flights of freaky fancy, bizarrely satisfying little divergences, and an overall air of quaint and comfortable eccentricity. (Yes, even in the seriously violent moments, too.)
Reuniting with her Amelie director, the sweet and lovely Audrey Tautou delivers some great work here. She's asked to do considerably more here than she was in Amelie, and Ms. Tautou has now proven to her thousands of admirers that she's a heck of a lot more than just a painfully pretty French face. Audrey's movie-long quest to find her long-lost soldier of a sweetie takes on a surprising resonance thanks to the actress' consistently sympathetic performance.
And the war sequences simply rock. Seriously fellas, forget that you'll have to deal with the subtitles and give this flick a rent. You'll get a little culture while you enjoy this movie.
Moving on to Disc 2, you'll find a 70+ minute documentary entitled The Making of "A Very Long Engagement" -- which is also a big bundle of fascinating fun for fans of this particular flick. Featurettes entitled Paris in the '20s and Before the Explosion focus on the stunning set design and one particular scene involving an exploding zeppelin, respectively. Rounding out the package is a collection of 14 deleted scenes, which are available with or without commentary by Monsieur Jenuet.