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Das Versprechen (1995)

 -  Romance | Drama  -  3 November 1995 (USA)
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East-Berlin, 1961, shortly after the erection of the Wall. Konrad, Sophie and three of their friends plan a daring escape to Western Germany. The attempt is successful, except for Konrad, ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Meret Becker ...
Sophie I
Sophie II
Anian Zollner ...
Konrad I
August Zirner ...
Konrad II
Susanne Ugé ...
Barbara I
Eva Mattes ...
Barbara II
Pierre Besson ...
Harald I
Hans Kremer ...
Harald II
Dieter Mann ...
Konrad's Father
Simone von Zglinicki ...
Konrad's mother (as Simone von Zglienicki)
Ruth Glöss ...
Konrad's grandmother
Christian Herschmann ...
Alexander (12 years)
Joerg Meister ...
Alexander - 20 years (as Jörg Meister)
Jean-Yves Gautier ...
Ulrike Krumbiegel ...


East-Berlin, 1961, shortly after the erection of the Wall. Konrad, Sophie and three of their friends plan a daring escape to Western Germany. The attempt is successful, except for Konrad, who remains behind. From then on, and for the next 28 years, Konrad and Sophie will attempt to meet again, in spite of the Iron Curtain. Konrad, who has become a reputed Astrophysicist, tries to take advantage of scientific congresses outside Eastern Germany to arrange encounters with Sophie. But in a country where the political police, the Stasi, monitors the moves of all suspicious people (such as Konrad's sister Barbara and her husband Harald), preserving one's privacy, ideals and self-respect becomes an exhausting fight, even as the Eastern block begins its long process of disintegration. Written by Eduardo Casais <>

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Eine Liebe, eine Hoffnung, eine Mauer.


Romance | Drama

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Rated R for a scene of sex, and for language | See all certifications »



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3 November 1995 (USA)  »

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$91,145 (USA)

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Konrad: Can a woman love a man she has only seen three times in twenty years?
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Recent German History summed up in compelling drama
23 May 1999 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

THE PROMISE (Das Versprechen) by Margarethe von Trotta is must viewing. There is no easier and more entertaining manner to understand recent German, and Central European, history than by watching this film. It plays very well on video, and the interesting locales and action will excite those who dislike subtitles. THE PROMISE is an epic drama focusing on divisions: in love, in a nation, in its capital city, in its politics, and in love. Indeed a love story is the vehicle used for this extraordinary epic, recounting the three decades between the Berlin Wall's first barbed wire, and its fall. Some critics, forgetting what a historical epic requires, dismiss the film as cliche-ridden. Well, of course, "War and Peace", "Gone with the Wind", "Dr. Zhivago", were successful due to the use of composite characters or cliches. These are necessary to explain history in a medium like the cinema. Ms. von Trotta is to be congratulated not only for this and other great political films (i.e."Rosa Luxemburg") but for being one of the only German filmmakers to tackle the controversial topic of German reunification. A declared socialist from Western Germany, Ms von Trotta lends the film a point of view that is as unbiased as I can imagine. Don't miss it. A lot of people did because of the film's timing. The last thing I guess most Germans wanted to see at the movies in 1994 was a reminder of the results of reunification. For this reason, this great film was unfairly denied its place in European Film History.

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