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Roger (Olivier Gourmet) uses his 15-year-old son, Igor (Jérémie Renier), to help traffic, house and ruthlessly exploit illegal immigrants in Belgium. When African immigrant Amidou (Rasmane Ouedraogo) tumbles from a scaffold, Igor finds him before he dies and promises that he will take care of his wife and baby. Forced by his father to cover up the death, Igor struggles to choose between loyalty to his unsavory parent and keeping the promise that he made to the dying man.

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  • Feb 24, 2012
    Wow! Another great film from the Dardenne. I truly believe that they are incapable of making anything less than a gripping tale.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Mar 31, 2010
    A grim but hopeful film that shows us the birth of a consciousness.
    Robert F Super Reviewer
  • Aug 31, 2009
    This is my favorite Dardenne film. Raw and subtly-charged with emotional and moral dilemma, La Promesse shows how difficult social struggle doesn't eradicate goodness in humanity.
    Bert R Super Reviewer
  • Feb 28, 2007
    The Dardenne brothers' first masterpiece. Raw, intense and socially relevant, just like everything they would do later on their careers. An experience recommendable to anyone who believes in films that plumb the murkiest depths of the human condition.
    Pedro P Super Reviewer

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