A few months ago I watch "A Very Long Engagement" for the Period Drama Challenge over at Lights, Camera...History. It was based on a book by the same name written by Sebastien Japrisot. I am using this movie for the All Over the World catagory(1 movie per country). The movie takes place in France.
A little tidbit...Jodie Foster is in the movie!!! It is a small part, but there she is and she is speaking French beautifully!!!
Five soldiers are convicted of self-mutilation in order to escape World War I. They are condemned to face near certain death in the no man's land between the French and German trench lines. It appears that all of them were killed in a battle, but Mathilde, the fiancée of Manech, one of the condemned solders, refuses to give up hope and begins to uncover clues as to what actually took place on the battlefield. Along the way, she discovers the brutally corrupt system used by the French government to deal with those who tried to escape the front. She also discovers the stories of the other men who were sentenced to the no man's land as a punishment. She, with the help of a private investigator, attempts to find out what happened to her fiancé.