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La Promesse (1996)

La promesse (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 16 May 1997 (USA)
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Roger uses his son Igor to ruthlessly traffic and exploit undocumented immigrants. When one of the immigrants is killed, Igor is guilt-ridden and wants to care for the dead man's family against his father's orders.
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Cast

Credited cast:
Jérémie Renier ... Igor
Olivier Gourmet ... Roger
Assita Ouedraogo Assita Ouedraogo ... Assita
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jean-Michel Balthazar Jean-Michel Balthazar
Frédéric Bodson Frédéric Bodson ... The garage boss
Katarzyna Chrzanowska
Florian Delain Florian Delain ... Riri
Hachemi Haddad Hachemi Haddad ... Nabil
Alain Holtgen Alain Holtgen ... Le postier
Geneviève Joly-Provost Geneviève Joly-Provost ... Geneviève
Sophia Leboutte Sophia Leboutte
Rasmané Ouédraogo Rasmané Ouédraogo ... Amidou (as Rasmane Ouedraogo)
Norbert Rutili Norbert Rutili
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Storyline

Igor--a 15-year-old apprentice mechanic--spends his off hours at the beck and call of his father. Igor's father, Roger, is a low-life involved with smuggling undocumented immigrants into Belgium, and acts as their slumlord, housing them in barely livable conditions, and paying them menial wages to work construction on his building (among other scams). When the building inspector pays a surprise visit and Amidou falls off a scaffold in his hurry to hide, things start to unravel, particularly when Igor makes a promise to the injured Amidou that ultimately exposes the different values of Igor and Roger, and of Amidou's wife, Assita. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Belgium | France | Luxembourg | Tunisia

Language:

French | Romanian

Release Date:

16 May 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La Promesse See more »

Filming Locations:

Belgium See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,220, 18 May 1997, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$454,720, 27 July 1997
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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An hour and 4 minutes into the film (NTSC) when Assita asks Igor to pour some water onto her hair - the sound of water hitting the ground comes before the water is actually seen hitting the ground. See more »

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An excellent no-frills film about conscience and morality.
26 December 2000 | by =G=See all my reviews

"La Promesse", from the makers of "Rosetta", is an award winning drama which gets down to business quickly. The film is shot with no frills and the hard edge of a documentary. It tells of a father and son, both of questionable character, who make their living on the backs of transient illegal aliens in Belgium and the schism which developes between them as they engage a serious matter of conscience. Viewers with an appetite for reality in film will extol this flick while fantasy lovers may hate its grit.


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