La Vie Promise (2004)

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Sylvia (Huppert) is a prostitute in Nice, with a self-protective talent for blocking out huge chunks of her past. When her 14-year-old daughter, Laurence (Maud Forget), skips out on foster care to see her biological mom, Sylvia is rudely dismissive. In an episode of bad timing, Laurence ends up stabbing a pimp in Sylvia's apartment. Estranged mother and daughter beat a hasty retreat heading north via train, bus and the kindness of strangers to reunite with the husband and 8-year-old son she skipped out on after the boy's birth landed her in a psychiatric hospital. Sylvia's heartbreaking and perhaps impossible goal is nothing short of trying to put all the things that have come apart in her life back together again. -- © Empire Pictures

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There is nothing [Huppert] can't do -- except save Promise from the valley of the shadow of bad French movie pretensions.

Jul 2, 2004 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
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Like an old Hollywood star vehicle, this French import does its job, providing its lead actress with compelling emotional circumstances and its audience with arresting contexts through which to perceive her.

Apr 23, 2004 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

It all does come down to Huppert with this film, to the moods, emotional states and character moments she can create, to the delicate magic she can work on screen.

Apr 15, 2004 | Rating: 3/5

Even Huppert can only do so much to sustain a phony weepie about the impromptu parent-child road trip that occurs after Sylvia's estranged teenage daughter 'accidentally' kills one of Mom's brutal pimps.

Apr 15, 2004 | Full Review…

An acting vehicle for the eternally sensual Isabelle Huppert.

Mar 11, 2004 | Full Review…
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Lacks much in the way of compelling narrative or credible characterizations, but it once again reaffirms Huppert's place in the pantheon of French film actors.

Mar 9, 2004

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