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A Promise (2013)

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A romantic drama set in Germany just before WWI and centered on a married woman who falls in love with her husband's protégé. Separated first by duties and then by the war, they pledge their devotion to one another.

Director:

Patrice Leconte

Writers:

Patrice Leconte (screenplay), Jérôme Tonnerre (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Rebecca Hall ... Lotte Hoffmeister
Alan Rickman ... Karl Hoffmeister
Richard Madden ... Friedrich Zeitz
Toby Murray Toby Murray ... Otto Hoffmeister
Maggie Steed ... Frau Hermann
Shannon Tarbet ... Anna
Jean-Louis Sbille Jean-Louis Sbille ... Hans, the Butler
Sarah Messens Sarah Messens ... Magda, the Maid
Jonathon Sawdon ... Engineer (as Jonathan Sawdon)
Caroline Donnelly Caroline Donnelly ... Funfair Lady
Peter Kern Peter Kern ... Funfair Photographer
Andrew McIlroy Andrew McIlroy ... Pastor
Christelle Cornil Christelle Cornil ... Post Office Employee
Gordon Wilson Gordon Wilson ... Hotel COncierge
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Storyline

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 to one another they will stay true to each other, but the oncoming war keeps them apart for far longer than expected. Written by ETB

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

France | Belgium

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 April 2014 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A Promessa See more »

Filming Locations:

Belgium See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$491,204
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

One of Alan Rickman's last films. See more »

Quotes

Friedrich Zeitz: We are parted by distance, but also by time. Little by little, the past feels more and more like a foreign country. Your letters are all that I have to keep it alive inside of me.
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Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor Op. 13, II. Adagio cantábile
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Disappointing
3 May 2016 | by sterlingfactorySee all my reviews

The novel was exceptional and the love story devastatingly sad, but the film had so little chemistry between Rebecca Hall and Richard Madden that I felt nothing. Really didn't care about them at all. Not one bit. Nada.

Alan Rickman was extraordinary as usual (and so weird watching this film knowing this was one of his last films), but even he couldn't save this movie.

I've always been a big fan of Patrice Leconte, especially Man on a Train, a film that had a quiet haunting beauty about it. If only he had been able to suffuse A Promise with that same emotional weight.


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