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La Promesse ()

La promesse (original title)
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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... See more »

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

Directed by

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Jean-Pierre Dardenne
Luc Dardenne

Written by

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Luc Dardenne ... () &
Jean-Pierre Dardenne ... ()

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Hassen Daldoul ... producer
Luc Dardenne ... producer
Claude Waringo ... producer

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Jean-Marie Billy
Denis Mpunga ... (as Denis M'Punga)

Cinematography by

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Alain Marcoen

Film Editing by

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Marie-Hélène Dozo

Production Management

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Philippe Groff ... administrative production manager
Dimitri Linder ... unit production manager
Philippe Toussaint ... assistant unit manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Bernard Garant ... first assistant director
Jean-François Tefnin ... assistant director

Art Department

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Françoise Joset ... assistant art director / props

Sound Department

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Jonathan Acbard ... boom operator
Philippe Baudhuin ... sound mixer
Benoît Biral ... assistant sound re-recording mixer
Sandrine Deegen ... sound editor
Jean-Pierre Duret ... sound engineer
Thomas Gauder ... sound mixer

Camera and Electrical Department

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Benoît Dervaux ... camera operator
Amaury Duquenne ... second assistant camera
Jean-François Hensgens ... focus puller
Wim Temmerman ... electrician

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Susan Jacobs ... publicist
Anne Van Hove ... script supervisor

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

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Also Known As
  • The Promise (World-wide, English title)
  • La Promesse (United States)
  • La Promesse (United Kingdom)
  • La promesa (Spain)
  • La promesse - løftet (Denmark)
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  • 90 min
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Goofs 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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