La Promesse (The Promise) (1996)
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A young man born into criminal circumstances is forced to deal with his conscience in this drama from Belgium. Roger (Olivier Gourmet) is a corrupt businessman who smuggles illegal aliens into Antwerp and protects them from the law in exchange for working with his construction company. However, Roger pays meager wages for back-breaking labor and charges aliens appallingly high rent for substandard housing. Roger has a 15-year-old son, Igor (Jeremie Renier), who has learned from his father to
Sep 7, 1996 Wide
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The film is entirely within the caught-on-the-run tradition of cinema verite, which makes it all the grittier and its conclusion all the more wrenching.
The conflicts involved are intense and absorbing, proving that compelling moral dilemmas make for the most dramatic cinema.
The Dardenne brothers, as shown by their empathic casting, their very choice of theme, have confessed to a burden. They believe in hope.
Ranks with the great European art-house classics about childhood betrayed and innocence lost.
Speaks volumes about how we treat other human beings and what it means to truly grow up.
Almost everyone should be able to identify with the wrenching moral quandary facing Igor.
The Dardennes' film is unfussy and the revelations small but that is why it is so affecting.
(The Dardennes') "first" film has attained a special place in the hearts of critics and other viewers. Its reputation has not been exaggerated in the least.
The Dardenne brothers feature debut is a stunning achievement, an emotionally powerful coming of age tale, which shows that humanism can prevail in the harshest economic conditions.
This is a raw, intense, and engaging anatomy of a 15-year-old boy's moral coming of age in a bleak Belgian town.
This is a grim morality tale that can't help putting you in someone else's shoes, wondering what you would do if you were in the same situation.
A troubling, offbeat and somewhat downbeat drama with no easy answers, with a stark, realistic style and some very good performances.
A penetrating coming-of-age story, one that argues that adulthood begins with the emergence of moral convictions.
Impressively written and directed by Belgian brothers Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne.
It is an experience I would recommend, if you believe in films that plumb the murkiest depths of the human condition.
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