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The Promise

5.9
61
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Original title
Das Versprechen (La Promesse)
Year
Running time
119 min.
Country
Germany Germany
Director
Screenwriter
Margarethe von Trotta, Peter Schneider, Felice Laudadio
Music
Jürgen Knieper
Cinematography
Franz Rath
Cast
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Producer
Co-production Germany-France; Bioskop Film / Odessa Film / WDR / Canal+ / Centre National de la Cinématographie / Les Productions JMH
Genre
Drama
Synopsis / Plot
East-Berlin, 1961, shortly after the erection of the Wall. Konrad, Sophie and three of their friends plan a daring escape to Western Germany. The attempt is successful, except for Konrad, who remains behind. From then on, and for the next 28 years, Konrad and Sophie will attempt to meet again, in spite of the Iron Curtain. Konrad, who has become a reputed Astrophysicist, tries to take advantage of scientific congresses outside Eastern Germany to arrange encounters with Sophie. But in a country where the political police, the Stasi, monitors the moves of all suspicious people (such as Konrad's sister Barbara and her husband Harald), preserving one's privacy, ideals and self-respect becomes an exhausting fight, even as the Eastern block begins its long process of disintegration.
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