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La Promesse

Friday, January 13 - Monday, January 16, 2012

35mm print “An impressively tough, raw realist drama, set in and around the drabber areas of Liège, in which a 15-year-old comes into conflict with his single parent father after a tragedy forces the boy to confront the moral implications of the pair’s exploitative business in smuggling and housing illegal immigrants. Having made a promise to a dying African that he’ll look after his wife and kid, young Igor is torn between filial duty and growing affection for his impoverished ‘charges’, between fear of his dad’s bouts of drunken violence and his desire to keep his word. The performances are superb, the interplay between father and son extraordinarily well observed, and the whole thing at once wholly unsentimental and deeply moving.” – Time Out (London)

  • Year 1996
  • Running Time 93 minutes
  • Director Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne