Herald Tribune film critic Joan Dupont has written of Audrey Tatou, the radiant lead in Jean Piere Jeunet’s A Very Long Engagement: “From her films, it looks as if she is the only French actress to play the waif. She has stretched from cute Am√ÉÀÜlie to resolute Mathilde, a girl who wears the slightly morbid Japrisot stripe with panache.” Dupont refers to Sebastian Japrisot, the author of the original ’91 Engagement novel, as well the famed The Sleeping Car Murders.