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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

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Cast

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.

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

The anguish of the lovers' decade-long separation can't be evoked in a matter of minutes ...

April 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.

April 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.

April 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.

September 4, 2013 | Full Review…
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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.

August 15, 2014 | Rating: 5/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for A Promise

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!

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