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A Very Long Engagement

Audrey Tautou, Gaspard Ulliel, Jean-Pierre Becker, Dominique Bettenfeld, Clovis Cornillac, Marion Cotillard, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Julie Depardieu, Jean-Claude Dreyfus, André Dussollier, Ticky Holgado, Tchéky Karyo, Jodie Foster, Dominique Pinon, Chantal Neuwirth
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Narrator, referring to carpenter come soldier Bastoche, “Before becoming 2124 he was known as Bastoche, hooked on a pretty redhead, a certain Véronique Passavant.”
”He was court martialed for self-mutilation.” (0:03)

Narrator, referring to Mathilde: “Since she received the death notice, she stubbornly holds onto her intuition, like to a flimsy wire... If that wire doesn’t lead her to her lover, she can always use it as a noose.” (0:12)

Soldiers in a cemetery. (0:14)

Esperanza tells an injured soldier, “You’re delirious with fever.” (0:21)

Mathilde tells her aunt Bénédicte and uncle Sylvain , referring to her lover Manech, “So he’s lost his mind...” (0:28)

Mathilde reads a document: “For self-mutilation you are sentenced to death.” (0:44)

Bénédicte tells Sylvain, referring to Mathilde, “She’s already drunk.” (0:45)

Sylvain tells Mathilde, “I was already traumatized by nuns when I was little.”
Mathilde tells Sylvain, “But without ifs, I might as well hang myself.” (0:48)

Detective Pire tells Mathilde, referring to, referring to Bastoche, “... he fought like a mad dog...” (0:52)

Mathilde: “If I don’t break the peal, Gordes managed to save Bastoche and Manech.” (0:53)

Mathilde tells the cat, “We knew you were a thief, but a pyromaniac?” (0:57, 1:46)

Market woman Élodie writes to Mathilde, “At times, I think I’m going mad.” (1:04)

Mathilde: “If I reach the bend before the car, Manech will come back alive.” (1:11)

Mathilde visits the cross marking Manech’s grave. (1:13)

Tina tells Mathilde, “It was an obsession.” (1:39)

Farmer Benoît tells Mathilde, referring to Manech, “... And he was delirious.” (1:53)

Pire tells Mathilde, “He’s well and truly alive but he’s lost his memory. Total amnesia... The psychiatrists treating him since ‘17 aren’t hopeful, but who knows? There are as many amnesias as amnesiacs.” (1:59)

Pire: “When Jean Desrochelles was born, his mother was 40 and had no other children. When the gendarmes took him...”
“...she became depressed.”
”She went off her rocker the day the hospital rang her...” (1:59)

When Mathilde finds Manech he fails to recognize her. (2:05)