This movie was director by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, the same man who directed Amelie. Audrey Tautou also starred both movies and did brilliantly in the two (although i did prefer Amelie’s character more).
The movie is set during WWI, with the premise of two young lovers having been separated because the young man was drafted as a soldier. Trying desperately to get back to his fiance, he had himself injured so that he would be sent home, only to find himself in deeper trouble. He became a prisoner of his own army due to treason/self mutilation and had to experience the tortures and unfairness of bureaucracy. In turn, Tautou’s character, a cripple, does her end and does some searching of her own to find her lover. The story weaves in and out with a rich array of interesting characters, all woven together to build a tight story and a surprising ending.
The detail in this movie is just like that of Amelie although the tone and color palate of this movie is more rustic and dark than that of Amelie. This is more serious and mysterious, but still very entertaining and pleasurable confusing and curious as that of Amellie.
Bravo Audrey Tautou…she remains one of my favorite actresses.