A Promise


A Promise

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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

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Rebecca Hall
as Lotte Hoffmeister
Alan Rickman
as Karl Hoffmeister
Richard Madden
as Frederic Zeitz
Maggie Steed
as Frau Hermann

Critic Reviews for A Promise

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (6)

  • After a while, I didn't know where to look. Anywhere but at the screen.

    Jul 31, 2014 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • Despite decent performances, a promising dramatic set-up leads to little of real interest.

    Jul 29, 2014 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Dave Calhoun

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • The anguish of the lovers' decade-long separation can't be evoked in a matter of minutes ...

    Apr 17, 2014 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Apr 17, 2014 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Apr 16, 2014 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Sep 4, 2013 | Full Review…

    Justin Chang

    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for A Promise

  • Aug 05, 2014
    The on screen chemistry between the two leads is as flat as the rest of the movie. Alan Rickman is its only saving grace in my opinion!
    Film C Super Reviewer

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