A Promise (2014)



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Germany, 1912. A graduate of humble origins takes up a clerical post in a steel factory. Impressed by his work the elderly owner takes him on as his private secretary. His health declining, the owner is confined to his home, where the young man moves to continue his work. There he meets the owner's wife, a much younger woman, beautiful and reserved. (c) IFC Films

Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Jérôme Tonnerre Patrice Leconte, Patrice Leconte, Jerome Tonnerre
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 26, 2014
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as Lotte Hoffmeister

as Karl Hoffmeister

as Frederic Zeitz

as Frau Hermann
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All Critics (23) | Top Critics (5)

Despite decent performances, a promising dramatic set-up leads to little of real interest.

Full Review… | July 29, 2014
Time Out
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The anguish of the lovers' decade-long separation can't be evoked in a matter of minutes ...

Full Review… | April 17, 2014
New York Times
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The actors are smoothly professional and the production feels polished. But it's hard to recommend a romance without passion, no matter how pretty it looks.

Full Review… | April 17, 2014
New York Daily News
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The magnetism between these stiff nonstarters wouldn't stick to a fridge, especially when the war-ex-machina forces them apart for years but the only credible passing of time is our own.

Full Review… | April 16, 2014
Village Voice
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This awkward, passionless drama conveys neither the sensuality nor the drawn-out sense of longing required by its period tale of a young secretary who falls in love with his employer's wife.

Full Review… | September 4, 2013
Top Critic

Though by no means an unbearable watch, A Promise is almost as much an exercise in patience for its viewers as it is for Friedrich and Lotte.

Full Review… | August 15, 2014
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