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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
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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Feminism Revised through horror, 31 January 2006
Author: kobaincito from Miami, FL

La Promesa is the story of a woman who starts a new life as a nanny in a rich Galician household. The story is presented with what i consider to be a prefix, an introduction to the story which gives reference yet is independent to the whole. It defines the Celia (Gregoria is her real name) character as an abused housewife who leaving behind her tyrannical husband heads on a pilgrimage to a Church in Galicia. Upon arriving she has a chance encounter with a child who has run away from his mother and whom she saves by chance. She is promptly offered a position as nanny of the boy, with minor resistance from the father. It is his growing opposition to maternal rule which turns the woman and child docile and which Celia believing she is their only defender. This the context within which the story takes place. It is a Psychoanalitical thriller about the friction of the clashing dualities of liberation and the maternal instinct within a woman's psyche. The film is fairly loyal to POV, although it allows us to see the seams of Celia/Gregoria's reality. While it isn't the best example of photographic excellence and some post-production glossiness is less than fitting, the aesthetic aspect of the film is at the very least appropriate, leaving the plot alone in driving the viewer's interest. It is another excellent Spannish Thriller about a woman with a very intense reversion of the Oedipus Complex. This is catholicism and psychoanalysis to a very detailed extent, which is made believable by Maura's excellent portrayal but which also asks quite a bit of collaboration from the viewer in terms of adapting to the films own rules' of reality. I thought it excellent, but i do wonder if the film's more visual aspects are sufficient hint for somebody who is not willing to follow the very Spanish intellectual/religious premise.

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