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
Comedy , Drama , Romance
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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 (23) | Top Critics (5)

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

Full Review… | July 28, 2014
Time Out
Top Critic

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
Top Critic

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
Top Critic

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
Top Critic

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 14, 2014
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Audience Reviews for A Promise

I watched the beginning and was bored, I skipped around the middle and was bored, I jumped to the end and was still bored. Seriously, this was an overly dramatic bit of sappy fluff.

Heather Metzger
Heather Metzger

There's a sense of serenity and beauty to this tragic love story. Despite the performances being pretty good, it remains boring and uninteresting.

Farah Rizq
Farah Rizq

A Promise is almost as much an exercise in patience for its viewers as it is for Friedrich and Lotte.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

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