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Héctor Carré
José Antonio Félez (contributing writer)
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Release Date:
13 August 2004 (Spain) See more »
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  (in credits order)

Carmen Maura ... Celia

Ana Fernández ... Dorita
Juan Margallo ... Roberto
Santiago Barón ... Daniel
Evaristo Calvo ... Leandro
Xulio Lago ... Senén
Luisa Merelas ... Felisa
Antonio F. Simón ... Don Damián
Luis Iglesia ... Doctor
Víctor Mosqueira ... Cura
Chete Lera ... Amable

Directed by
Héctor Carré 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Héctor Carré 
José Antonio Félez  contributing writer

Produced by
Francisco Arnoso 'Pixi' .... auxiliar de produccion
José Antonio Félez .... producer
Eduardo Santana .... line producer
Antonio Varela .... executive producer
Moncho Varela .... executive producer
Original Music by
Suso Rey 
Manuel Varela 
Cinematography by
Juan Carlos Gómez (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Nacho Ruiz Capillas 
Production Management
Xavier Guallar .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tania Rodríguez .... second assistant director
Art Department
Rafa Ferreiro .... props
Tony Galindo .... painter
José Antonio Perozo .... props
Vicente Peñalver .... construction coordinator
Pablo Seoane .... set dresser
Sound Department
Amín Alí Gago .... sound editor
Amín Alí Gago .... sound recordist
Antonio Camarasa .... sound
Jaime Fernández .... sound re-recording mixer
Fabien Pochet .... adr mixer
Ricardo Viñas .... dolby sound consultant
Special Effects by
Tomás Gómez .... special effects: Artefacto Escenografia crew
Visual Effects by
Javier Mosqueda .... data operator
Diego Herberg .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Alberto Díaz Blanco .... electrician
Edmundo Sanz .... key grip
Juanjo Sánchez .... steadicam operator
Editorial Department
María José Almela .... assistant editor
Other crew
Encarna Alonso .... script supervisor
Víctor Arizala .... financial director (as Victor Arizala)
Lara Isabel Gómez .... making-of
Cristina Sutherland .... marketing director

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Also Known As:
"The Promise" - USA (DVD title)
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Spain:105 min | Spain:104 min | Argentina:104 min (Mar del Plata Film Festival)
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Definitely not Mary Poppins, 30 September 2013
Author: Red-125 from Upstate New York

The Spanish film La Promesa (2004) was co-written and directed by Héctor Carré. The movie stars the great Spanish actor Carmen Maura as Celia, an abused wife who leaves her home to find a new life. She comes to a small seaside town, where she saves the life of a young boy, Daniel, played by Santiago Barón. The boy's mother, Dorita (the lovely Ana Fernández), hires Celia to be housemaid and nanny. Dorita's handsome husband, Roberto (Juan Margallo) senses that something isn't quite right about Celia, but accepts her as an employee anyway.

From that point things begin to go wrong. We learn that Dorita feels abandoned by Roberto, who ignores her in favor of his law practice. (She is not a showpiece wife, because their elegant house was a gift from her father. Apparently the money comes from Dorita's side of the family. In essence, Roberto is a showpiece husband.)

Daniel loves Celia, but he can be difficult and oppositional. We learn that Celia is fanatically religious, and she is horrified when a crucifix in a church crumbles before her eyes. (The priest tells her it was just worm-eaten wood, but Celia isn't convinced.)

What follows is basically a horror film. However, there are no crazed stalkers or slashers anywhere. There is horror, but it's internal. The atmosphere in the movie is consistently grim and laden with foreboding. You know something bad is going to happen, but you don't know what. You'll have to see the film to know how the movie ends.

Actually, the plot really ends about five minutes before the movie ends. The last five minutes of the film is an upbeat fantasy, probably tacked on to keep the producers happy. Still, the movie is worth seeing if you don't mind depressing films. We saw La Promesa on DVD, and it worked well on the small screen.

Carmen Maura is one of the great actors of our time. Even if this type of movie isn't really your normal fare, I recommend seeing it just to watch a truly gifted professional at work.

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