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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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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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Trivia

One of Alan Rickman's last films. See more »

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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A must for Jane Austen fans
29 July 2017 | by JulesecosseSee all my reviews

Tis a classic story of forbidden love told throughout the ages from ancient Greece up to the present day.

I enjoyed it as much as it goes, with excellent performances from the cast. I would have liked to have seen more of the young theatre talent Shannon Tarbet, who plays the initial girlfriend of the protagonist.

I thought that to update it for the modern audience an odd plot twist would have been good, especially for the men who might find this story somewhat ponderous.

A must for those who like Jane Austen, male viewers may fall asleep!


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