La Promesse Movie Review 1996

Information and Film Reviews for La Promesse the Movie

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Fifteen-year-old Igor (Renier) helps his disreputable father Roger (Gourmet) run an illegal immigrant operation in the Beligan town of Liege. African immigrant Amidou (Ouedraogo) has just been joined by his wife Assita (Ouedraogo) and their baby. When Amidou dies in an accident, Roger forces Igor to help him bury the body secretly and tells the bewildered wife that her husband has left her. But Igor is caught in the middle--he'd promised the dying Amidou to look after Assita and he still has enough conscience to want to help--but it also puts Igor into a dangerous conflict with his father. French with subtitles.


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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 93 minutes.
Originally from French, Belgian.

Cast and Crew

Teen Angst, Bad Dads, Immigration
Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne
Jeremie Renier, Olivier Gourmet, Assita Ouedraogo, Rasmane Ouedraogo
Alain Marcoen
Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne
Jean-Marie Billy
Luc Dardenne, Hassan Daldoul, Les Film du Fleuve, Touza Productions, Samsa Films, New Yorker Films


L.A. Film Critics 1997: Foreign Film; Natl. Soc. Film Critics 1997: Foreign Film.

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