La Promesse (The Promise) Reviews

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April 12, 2002
February 21, 2001
The film is entirely within the caught-on-the-run tradition of cinema verite, which makes it all the grittier and its conclusion all the more wrenching.
February 21, 2001
The Dardenne brothers, as shown by their empathic casting, their very choice of theme, have confessed to a burden. They believe in hope.
February 21, 2001
February 21, 2001
Ranks with the great European art-house classics about childhood betrayed and innocence lost.
February 21, 2001
Almost everyone should be able to identify with the wrenching moral quandary facing Igor.
January 13, 2013
The Dardennes' film is unfussy and the revelations small but that is why it is so affecting.
August 21, 2012
(The Dardennes') "first" film has attained a special place in the hearts of critics and other viewers. Its reputation has not been exaggerated in the least.
August 16, 2012
La Promesse would be important enough if it was merely the break-out film of Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne, but it's also one of their best.
June 30, 2009
The Dardenne brothers feature debut is a stunning achievement, an emotionally powerful coming of age tale, which shows that humanism can prevail in the harshest economic conditions.
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