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Inside Move: Romance redux?

Tautou joins Jeunet's 'Engagement' party

Can lightning strike twice?

Thesp Audrey Tautou and helmer Jean-Pierre Jeunet, who generated box office and Oscar sparks with “Amelie” in 2001, are hoping to find out. They’re reteaming for Jeunet’s much-anticipated next project, an adaptation of the bestselling novel “A Very Long Engagement.”

Tautou will play Mathilde Donnay, a determined young woman who embarks on a relentless search for the truth about her soldier fiance’s disappearance at the end of World War I.

While the character has echoes of the winsome Amelie, the Mathilde in author Sebastien Japrisot‘s prize-winning novel promises meatier material for Tautou, who was miffed when “Amelie” received five Oscar noms but she was shut out.

At the time, Jeunet predicted the French starlet would have other occasions to shine, and she’s certainly been working steadily since then, with Stephen Frears‘ “Dirty Pretty Things” set to hit U.S. theaters in August and Alain Resnais‘ “Pas sure la bouche” just under way.

But Tautou is clearly hoping this “Engagement” with Jeunet will lead to many happy returns.

Warner Bros. France is among the new pic’s backers.

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