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A Promise (2013)

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A romantic drama set in Germany just before WWI and centered on a married woman who falls in love with her husband's protégé. Separated first by duties and then by the war, they pledge their devotion to one another.

Director:

Patrice Leconte

Writers:

Patrice Leconte (screenplay), Jérôme Tonnerre (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Rebecca Hall ... Lotte Hoffmeister
Alan Rickman ... Karl Hoffmeister
Richard Madden ... Friedrich Zeitz
Toby Murray ... Otto Hoffmeister
Maggie Steed ... Frau Hermann
Shannon Tarbet ... Anna
Jean-Louis Sbille ... Hans, the Butler
Sarah Messens Sarah Messens ... Magda, the Maid
Jonathan Sawdon ... Engineer
Caroline Donnelly Caroline Donnelly ... Funfair Lady
Peter Kern Peter Kern ... Funfair Photographer
Andrew McIlroy Andrew McIlroy ... Pastor
Christelle Cornil Christelle Cornil ... Post Office Employee
Gordon Wilson Gordon Wilson ... Hotel COncierge
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Young Friederich has humble origins, but rises to the attention of his new boss, Karl. As he volunteers to tutor his employer's son, he gets more and more attached to Karl's young wife Lotte. She refuses however to betray her husband even when they learn Friedrich must go to Mexico for two years to supervise a mining project for Karl. Friedrich and Lotte swear to one another they will stay true to each other, but the oncoming war keeps them apart for far longer than expected. Written by ETB

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

France | Belgium

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 April 2014 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A Promessa See more »

Filming Locations:

Belgium See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Quotes

Karl Hoffmeister: [having a suit fitted] Anyone would think it was made for you. I'll lend you a top hat too.
Friedrich Zeitz: Is that really necessary, sir?
Karl Hoffmeister: Indispensable.
Friedrich Zeitz: In that case, thank you.
Karl Hoffmeister: No, I thank you for relieving me of these dreary obligations - a Sunday in the country and then an evening in town listening to some fat woman take forever to die.
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Soundtracks

Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor Op. 13, II. Adagio cantábile
(Ludwig van Beethoven)
© PD - (P) Fidélité Films
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Good story material but not capitalized
30 November 2014 | by diisdesigns10See all my reviews

I watched this film and was anxious to see a period piece set in Germany pre WWI but it never quite got off the ground. There is no chemistry between the two lovers. The male lead is not somebody a wife would fall in love with even if he is there all the time. He had no personality. He does not make her laugh, is not all that great with the son and offers no sex appeal. Rickman offers the only acting spark. It would have been interesting to see more of what Germany was like leading up, during and after the defeat of the war. Would make for such wonderful material both in plot and theme. A feeble attempt was made to stir up the politico in a scene close to the end where there is an aggressive street demonstration with people wearing swastikas. The Nazi party did not come into existence at the time the film depicts (end of war 1918). The DAP which was the predecessor of the Nazi party came into being in 1919 but it was not known enough for a street demonstration in 1918 and not with Nazi swastikas. These are simple facts I found online. I would not have researched had there not been that street demonstration scene with swastikas. It was totally out of place for the rest of the film. There should have been more of these types of scenes as there were riots in Germany in 1916 because of shortages in fuel and food. The film totally missed the effects the war had on the German people. The kiss at the end was as passionless as the whole lifeless movie.


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