Killing for Love (Das Versprechen) (2017)

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March 30, 1985: Derek and Nancy Haysom are discovered brutally murdered at their home in Lynchburg, Virginia. The arrest and conviction of the couple's daughter Elizabeth, a scholarship student at the University of Virginia, and her boyfriend Jens Söring, the brilliant son of a German diplomat, set off a media frenzy, becoming the first trial of its kind to be nationally televised. But what if the justice system got it all wrong? The gripping true crime tale KILLING FOR LOVE untangles the web of romantic obsession and betrayal that may have led an innocent man to make the ultimate sacrifice for love: take the fall for a murder he didn't commit. The IFC Films theatrical release, called "engrossing and unnerving" by the Daily Telegraph, features the voices of Daniel Brühl (The Alienist) and Imogen Poots (28 Weeks Later).

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A gripping murder mystery about the fated coupling of a pair of calculating romantics too smart for their own good, and the limits of the American justice system.

Dec 14, 2017 | Full Review…

Featuring compelling real-life figures who practically invite casting guesses for the inevitable Hollywood dramatization, Killing for Love should easily satisfy viewers who can't get enough of this stuff.

Dec 14, 2017 | Full Review…

Probably dives into the weeds too quickly and could have used a tighter edit. Still, drawing on a wealth of courtroom video, the film lays out a persuasive argument for reasonable doubt.

Dec 14, 2017 | Full Review…

While Killing for Love ends up being a call for justice, it is framed as a psychological thriller and a court drama, an exploration of what happened within the young couple and the Haysom family.

Aug 25, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

You don't so much watch Killing For Love as you completely absorb it.

Jul 10, 2018 | Full Review…

Steinberger and Vetter create a haunting atmosphere of mania and madness, as when they transition to photos of Derek and Nancy during Elizabeth's cold, eerie testimony.

Dec 22, 2017 | Full Review…

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