La Vie Promise (2004)

La Vie Promise



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Sylvia (Huppert) is a prostitute in Nice, with a self-protective talent for blocking out huge chunks of her past. When her 14-year-old daughter, Laurence (Maud Forget), skips out on foster care to see her biological mom, Sylvia is rudely dismissive. In an episode of bad timing, Laurence ends up stabbing a pimp in Sylvia's apartment. Estranged mother and daughter beat a hasty retreat heading north via train, bus and the kindness of strangers to reunite with the husband and 8-year-old son she … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Olivier Dahan, Agnes Fustier-Dahan
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 23, 2004
Empire Pictures - Official Site



as Laurence

as Sandra

as Stripper

as Village Woman

as Waitress

as Marie-Jose
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Critic Reviews for La Vie Promise

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (12)

There is nothing [Huppert] can't do -- except save Promise from the valley of the shadow of bad French movie pretensions.

Full Review… | July 2, 2004
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Like an old Hollywood star vehicle, this French import does its job, providing its lead actress with compelling emotional circumstances and its audience with arresting contexts through which to perceive her.

Full Review… | April 23, 2004
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

It all does come down to Huppert with this film, to the moods, emotional states and character moments she can create, to the delicate magic she can work on screen.

Full Review… | April 15, 2004
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Even Huppert can only do so much to sustain a phony weepie about the impromptu parent-child road trip that occurs after Sylvia's estranged teenage daughter 'accidentally' kills one of Mom's brutal pimps.

Full Review… | April 15, 2004
L.A. Weekly
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[The film is] strongest when Huppert is plying her sordid trade, her face a cracking mask of emotional devastation.

Full Review… | March 18, 2004
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

An acting vehicle for the eternally sensual Isabelle Huppert.

Full Review… | March 11, 2004
New York Observer
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Audience Reviews for La Vie Promise

A slice of a story of a disturbed woman, but the kind of stereotypical pretentious art film so often lampooned. Still okay, but definitely take with a grain of salt.

Rick LeBlanc

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