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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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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 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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Certification:
Argentina:13 | Netherlands:6 | Netherlands:12 (DVD rating) | Switzerland:12 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:12 (canton of Vaud)
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9 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
The Promise of Life, 20 April 2004
Author: Fred Arm (fha@bigfoot.com) from Pt Richmond, California

"La Vie Promise" ("The Promised Life") is among the French actress' Isabelle Huppert's finest accomplishments. This amazing masterpiece presents Huppert in a character, which is a combination abrasiveness and vulnerability, she is both exasperating and at the same time pathetic, monstrous, and saintly. It is difficult to envision another actress who could embrace the complexity of her character and yet still present her persona in such an intriguing paradigm of humanity who magically captures our full attention while taking our breath away.

It seems palpably unfair when such other female film stars as Halle Berry, Julia Roberts, or Renee Zellweger win Academy Awards, whereas Isabelle Huppert has never been nominated for an Oscar. Over the last thirty years, this effervescent French actress has put forth a series of remarkable performances, capturing every aspects of the human experience with style and panache. Check out her brilliant performances in "Madame Bovary," `Merci pour le Chocolat' and "The Piano Player" or the delightful weirdness of "8 Women'.

Huppert's role is that of Sylvia, a sullen prostitute walking the streets of Nice in France, seemingly frozen in time with an obsolete sense of her rebellious prerogative. When the cameras dolly in for a close-up, her heavy cosmetic attempt to preserve the illusion of youth reveal their exercise in futility. Her brittle, oftentimes hostile attitude is typical of what one would expect of a seasoned hooker.

Sylvia seems in charge of her life until the appearance of her 14-year-old epileptic daughter Laurence (Maud Forget). Laurence is in foster care and Sylvia would prefer to have her out of her life, which becomes obvious by her callous rejection and disrespect even though it was Laurence's birthday. Laurence, desperate for attention, turns up again unexpectedly in Sylvia's apartment and observes her mother's pimp pummeling her. When the pimp's associate turns his attention to Laurence by sexually attacking her, she fatally stabs him, thus compelling mother and daughter to hastily leave town.

Eight years earlier, Sylvia had a nervous breakdown and was hospitalized after giving birth to a son. The boy's father (whether he was married to her or not is not clear) lived in the north of France. Out of some sort of mysterious compulsion, she and Laurence journey North, traveling by train, on foot and hitching rides with strangers; in order to seek out her long abandoned son and his father, who represent perhaps a new beginning or sanctuary. It is on this journey that mother and daughter begin to experience each other as the seeds of love kindle what had been lost over the harsh years. While hitchhiking they encounter Joshua, (Pascal Greggory), a car thief and escaped convict who has taken an interest in the well being of Sylvia and Laurence and ultimately takes the time to bring them to their final destination.

The film has the inspiring appeal of a half-told chronicle where significant and intriguing passages are casually left unexplained. The full meaning and resolution of Sylvia's relationship with Laurence and Joshua's criminal career remain delightfully obscured; leaving us just enough information to maintain our interest, yet preserving the mystery that tweaks our attention. The audience must search their own repertoires of imaginations to conclude the story.

Director Olivier Dahan is daring enough to bring his camera into tight close-ups leaving Huppert's character displayed in unflattering poses while wearing harsh make-up and in poor lighting. Huppert does not attempt hide behind the cheap make-up in order to present a good performance. Her talent is sufficiently powerful to reveal Sylvia's inner strength and bring her true character bubbling to the surface. Her painted exterior suggests one stereotype while her eyes tell yet another story. This is an extraordinary film not to be missed.

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