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4 September 2002 (France) See more »
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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  (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
Jacques Descomps .... assistant auditorium
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
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

Production CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details

Also Known As:
"La vie promise" - France (original title)
"The Promised Life" - International (English title)
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93 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Netherlands:6 | Netherlands:12 (DVD rating) | Switzerland:12 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:12 (canton of Vaud)
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3 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
The language of flowers, or life on the road., 23 March 2004
Author: jotix100 from New York

Like a lot of contemporary French cinema, this film doesn't lack ideas, however, the execution and finished product sometimes make no sense, or illuminate the story. It's not for a lack of styles that Olivier Dahan can be blamed on what we are seeing. He has a lot of different methods about how he wants to present them, but it only adds to the confusion, as things happen unexpectedly. He never bothers to explain why they got that way.

First of all, it is very strange that Sylvia's teen age daughter, Laurence, suddenly pops up in her mother's life. Sylvia could not care less about the girl. The accidental killing of one of Sylvia's pimps, make mother and daughter flee the scene of the crime and take to the back roads of Southern France. This is a case where crime, even if involuntary, does pay. The end of the story feels false, as we watch the three principals going into the sunset. Could this trio have found the secret for happiness? Stay tuned, or better yet, smell the flowers!

The acting is fine. Isabelle Huppert shows her usual intensity and is convincing as the prostitute. Maud Forget, as the teen age daughter does her part well and Pascal Greggory, as the man that enters into both mother and daughter's lives is effective as the man who seems to bring peace between both.

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