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La Promesse

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Luc Dardenne & Jean-Pierre Dardenne

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About the Movie

La promesse is the breakthrough feature from Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne, who would go on to become a force in world filmmaking. The brothers brought the unerring eye for detail and the compassion for those on society’s lowest rungs developed in their earlier documentary work to this absorbing drama about a teenager (Jérémie Renier) gradually coming to understand the implications of his father’s making a living through the exploitation of undocumented workers. Filmed in the Dardennes’ industrial hometown of Seraing, Belgium, La promesse is a brilliantly economical and observant tale of a boy’s troubled moral awakening.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 21
  • Fresh: 20
  • Rotten: 1
  • Average Rating: 7.8/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Almost everyone should be able to identify with the wrenching moral quandary facing Igor. – Stephen Holden, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Fresh: The conflicts involved are intense and absorbing, proving that compelling moral dilemmas make for the most dramatic cinema. – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Speaks volumes about how we treat other human beings and what it means to truly grow up. – James Berardinelli, ReelViews, Sep 16, 2006

Fresh: The Dardenne brothers, as shown by their empathic casting, their very choice of theme, have confessed to a burden. They believe in hope. – Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic, Jun 24, 2010

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  • $19.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 1996

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