The Promise

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Delusional housewife Gregoria (Carmen Maura) has suffered the numbing one-two punch of an abusive husband coupled with religious dogma. But her life takes an abrupt turn when a housepainter tells her of a paradisiacal town in which he once lived. Gregoria decides to travel there and becomes the nursemaid to the strange son of a rich, dysfunctional family. Soon, however, she comes to believe that the family's mansion is haunted.

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  • Aug 07, 2010
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