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Ghost River (2002)
"La vie promise" (original title)

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A prostitute and her teenager daughter, will have to run away after the girl stabs her mother's pimp. The woman will try to find her son, which she hasn't seen in 8 years.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pascal Greggory ...
Fabienne Babe ...
André Marcon ...
Louis-Do de Lencquesaing ...
Maquereau 1 (as Louis Do de Lencquesaing)
David Martins ...
Maquereau 2
Édith Le Merdy ...
Femme hameau
Denis Braccini ...
Policier en civil
Irène Ismaïloff ...
Femme du policier en civil
Naguime Bendidi ...
Frédéric Maranber ...
Gérant motel
Valérie Flan ...
Femme ferme
Paul-Alexandre Bardela ...
Petit garçon ferme
Abdelkader ...
Policier Péage


Sylvie is a hooker whose illegitimate daughter commits a crime. She and her daughter flee to find Sylvie's first love in the countryside. The daughter is trying to get to know her unwilling mother. Along the way, the two meet a male fugitive and bond with each other. Written by Peter

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Performed by Andreas Scholl and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra (as The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra)
Produced and Arranged by Craig Leon
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Gripping performances, weak script, nice shots.
20 November 2003 | by (Amsterdam, Holland) – See all my reviews

This movie is held upright by the acting work of the main characters. Especially Isabelle Huppert exceeds herself once again, in portraying a weird persona , not the first time she achieved this. She is unsurpassable in acting out emotional developments within a story. Her meeting with her small son, she did not see for years, towards the end of the story, is gripping. It is not often cinema brings tears to me... Pascal Gregory is better than many middle of the road Hollywood actors, we see every night on TV (commercial TV in Holland at least). Our minds having been spoiled by too many cheap US products, thanks to TV, this French film is refreshing in its camera shooting. After so many road movies in the US Far West, who would believe similar shots may be made in the French "corn deserts" north of Paris? (Just get off, anywhere, from the A-1 auto route, between Paris and Lille, and see what I mean). Once again good use is made of the French richness in "patrimoine', meaning old village locations, and, as a peak, the old country farm house, the main character grew up in. What a great ruin, an ideal Parisians holiday home!! The weak points, I think at least, are mainly in the script, and casting. Sylvia's daughter, is partly miscasted, as she is the opposite to Sylvia, in looks and character. The storyline resembles a cheap love-novel sometimes, in its sentimentality. Nevertheless, a fine example of French "authors'" film making, in a natural style only the French can make.

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