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4 September 2002 (France) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Huppert shines as down-and-out prostitute See more (18 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Isabelle Huppert ... Sylvia
Pascal Greggory ... Joshua

Maud Forget ... Laurence
Fabienne Babe ... Sandra
André Marcon ... Piotr
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 ... Comionneur
Frédéric Maranber ... Gérant motel
Valérie Flan ... Femme ferme
Paul-Alexandre Bardela ... Petit garçon ferme
Abdelkader ... Policier Péage
Jean-Luc Mimo ... Guichetier gare
Sylvie Lafontaine ... Vendeuse jouets
Volker Marek ... Père de Piotr
Janine Souchon ... Marie-Josée
Gilles Treton ... Employé Poste
Mélanie Vaudaine ... Femme de Piotr

Cylia Malki ... Serveuse café
Rémy Roubakha ... Georges
Elisabeth Commelin ... Infirmière psy
Jérôme Le Paulmier ... Type bétaillère
Eric Franquelin ... Motard
Samir Djama ... Jeune en mobylette
Timothée Rouaix ... Yanis 8 ans
Tatiana Porto ... Fille du policier en civil
Diana Jones ... Stripteaseuse
Leila Barazutti ... Serveuse 1 (as Leila Barazzutti)
Sarah Cacoub ... Serveuse 2
Ali Idris ... Jeune en mobylette 1
Alexandre Murard ... Jeune en mobylette 2
Paul Hervet ... Homme ferme
Hélène Né ... Mère de Piotr
Bryan Gaippe ... Yanis 2 ans
Jérôme Mattos ... Vendeur fleurs
Olivia Sitton ... Copine Laurence
Karine Lebris ... Prostituée 1 (as Karine Le Bris)
Romina Riggi ... Prostituée 2
Véronique Levy ... Prostituée 3
Laurence Laffitte ... Prostituée 4
Jasmine Taibbe ... Prostituée 5 (as Jasmina Taibbe)
Mathias Honoré ... Client cabriolet

Directed by
Olivier Dahan 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Olivier Dahan 
Agnès Fustier-Dahan 

Produced by
Jean-Pierre Dionnet .... associate producer
Éric Névé .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Alex Lamarque 
 
Film Editing by
Richard Marizy 
 
Casting by
Olivier Carbone 
 
Production Design by
Marco Bardochan 
 
Costume Design by
Gigi Lepage 
 
Production Management
Catherine Lapoujade .... production manager
Thierry Magniez .... unit manager
Antoine Rabaté .... post-production supervisor
Eric Simille .... assistant unit manager: second unit
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ivan Fegyveres .... second assistant director
Mathias Honoré .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Vincent Amiel .... construction coordinator
Jérôme Billa .... set dresser
Alphaize Maud .... assistant art director
Samirha Salmi .... carpenter
 
Sound Department
Antoine Deflandre .... sound
Marc Doisne .... sound re-recording mixer
Xavier Drouault .... assistant foley artist
Michel Filippi .... adr supervisor
Jean-Paul Hurier .... sound mixer
Jean-Paul Hurier .... sound re-recording mixer
Nikolas Javelle .... assistant sound editor
Frédéric Mascaras .... boom operator (as Fred Mascaras)
Bridget O'Driscoll .... dialogue editor
Philippe Penot .... foley artist
Pascal Villard .... sound
Jérôme Wiciak .... sound
 
Visual Effects by
Hubert Fourneaux .... visual effects
Bertrand Levallois .... visual effects producer
Kilou Picard .... visual effects coordinator: visual effects
 
Stunts
Jean-Louis Airola .... stunt performer
Isabelle Peinaud .... stunt assistant
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Nicolas Bary .... video assistant
Patrick Contesse .... gaffer
Olivier Dahan .... camera operator
Alex Lamarque .... camera operator
Jean-Claude Lother .... still photographer
Valentin Monge .... Steadicam operator
Dan Occo .... Steadicam operator
Steeven Petitteville .... second assistant camera
Frédéric Wormser .... focus puller
 
Casting Department
Anne Barbier .... extras casting
Julien Greco .... casting assistant
Emilie Maggiar .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Isabelle Pannetier .... costumer
 
Editorial Department
Christophe Bousquet .... color timer
Sophie Delecourt .... assistant editor
Lionel Kopp .... post-production director
Benjamin Weill .... additional assistant editor
 
Music Department
Stéphane Reichart .... music scoring mixer
 
Other crew
Stéphane Boulay .... car preparer
Christine Ferrer .... script supervisor
Yael Levy .... production coordinator
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"La vie promise" - France (original title)
"The Promised Life" - International (English title)
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Runtime:
93 min
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:13 | Netherlands:6 | Netherlands:12 (DVD rating) | Switzerland:12 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:12 (canton of Vaud)
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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Huppert shines as down-and-out prostitute, 4 March 2005
Author: Roland E. Zwick (magneteach@aol.com) from United States

Isabelle Huppert gives a superb performance as a pill-popping prostitute in "La Vie Promise," a slice-of-life, hard luck tale set on the highways and byways of rural France. Huppert is Sylvia, a hooker in Nice with a fourteen year old daughter named Laurence, whose existence the jaded streetwalker would prefer not to acknowledge even though Sylvia does give her money on a regular basis. One night, however, Laurence forces herself into her mother's life by stabbing to death the pimp who is thrashing Sylvia to within an inch of her life for some money she owes him. The two women hop aboard a train in an effort to disappear into the countryside. One night, Laurence runs away after the two of them have an argument. Much of the film's time is devoted to the mother and daughter's search for one another, often missing each other by a mere fraction of a second. Joshua is a man whom Sylvia and Laurence meet separately on the road and who, in his strangely quiet way, becomes instrumental in reconciling - both physically and psychologically - the estranged pair.

"La Vie Promise" has a simplicity of style and a purity of vision that keep it from becoming just another tale of a down-and-out prostitute or a tired generation gap drama. Sylvia is a complex character, a hurt and lost soul trying to come to grips with the mistakes she's made and hoping to rectify at least some of those mistakes in this crucial moment of her life. Huppert does a beautiful job conveying both the emotional turmoil and the latent nobility hidden within the recesses of her wounded psyche. The screenplay doesn't try to psychoanalyze the character completely, but allows her to retain much of the mystery and ambiguity that makes her, finally, interesting to the audience. The film does less well with Laurence who really isn't allowed a whole lot of psychological development throughout the story. As a result, young Maud Forget isn't given much opportunity to display her depth and scope as an actress. Pascal Greggory's Joshua is also kept enigmatic, but in his case the ambiguity works well in the context of the story.

The film has been beautifully photographed, and Oliver Dahan's direction contains many lyrical touches that turn the film into a compelling mood piece, employing nature as a prime element in its artistry. But it is Huppert's rich and many-layered performance that brings the film to life.

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