A Promise

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Released 2014

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Director:
Patrice Leconte
Released:
2014
Rating:
Not rated
Young Friederich has humble origins, but rises to the attention of his new boss, Karl. As he volunteers to tutor his employer's son, he gets more and more attached to Karl's young wife Lotte. She refuses however to betray her husband even when they learn Friedrich must go to Mexico for two years to supervise a mining project for Karl. Friedrich and Lotte swear one another they will stay true to each other, but the oncoming war keeps them apart for far longer than expected. After six years, Friedrich goes back to Germany and finally sweeps Lotte off her feet.

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  • 50

    Slant Magazine

    Patrice Leconte struggles to find a coherent rhythm, a problem exacerbated by a hurried running time that compresses some of the novella's more interesting socio-political nuances.

  • 33

    The Playlist Oliver Lyttelton

    Leconte's never been the edgiest of filmmakers, but A Promise is so free of anything close to an edge that it's like watching a beige sphere for ninety-odd minutes—and it feels m...

  • 30

    Variety Justin Chang

    Led by a trio of lackluster performances from Alan Rickman, Rebecca Hall and "Game of Thrones" thesp Richard Madden, this awkward, passionless drama conveys neither the sensuality ...

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