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The Promise

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Original title
La promesse
Running time
90 min.
Belgium Belgium
Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne
Jean-Marie Billy, Denis M'Punga
Alain Marcoen
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Co-production Belgium-France; Les Films du Fleuve / Touza Productions / Samsa Films / RTFB / Canal + Francia
Drama | Social Drama. Immigration
Synopsis / Plot
Hailed by many critics as one of the top ten films of the year, The Promise is the extraordinary story of a boy's ascendance to grace. Under the conscienceless guidance of his father (Olivier Gourmet as Roger), fifteen-year old Igor appears destined to a life of petty crime. All changes, however, when Igor delivers an uncompromising promise to Hamidou - an immigrant who while working illegally for Roger accidentally falls to his death.

As Roger scrambles to cover-up the accident, Igor suddenly finds himself torn between his loyalty to Roger and the agreement he made with Hamidou. Suspicious of Roger's motivation and intimately drawn to the heart of his promise, Igor must choose between his love for his father and the demands of his awakening conscience.
1996: Seminci: Golden Spike: Best Movie
1996: César: Nominated for Best Foreign Film
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