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The Promise (2016)

PG-13 | | Drama, History | 21 April 2017 (USA)
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Set during the last days of the Ottoman Empire, The Promise follows a love triangle between Michael, a brilliant medical student, the beautiful and sophisticated Ana, and Chris - a renowned American journalist based in Paris.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Mikael Boghosian
... Ana Khesarian
... Chris Myers
... Reverend Dikran Antreassian
... Marta Boghosian
... Emre Ogan
... Maral
... Garin
... Mustafa
... Mesrob
... Yeva
... Faruk Pasha
... Lena
... Harut
... Admiral Fournet


The film tells the story of Michael (Oscar Isaac), a young Armenian who dreams of studying medicine. When he travels to Constantinople to study, he meets Armenian Ana (Charlotte Le Bon) and falls in love with her, although she dates the American photographer Chris (Christian Bale), sent to Turkey to record the first genocide of the 20th century when the Turks exterminated the Armenian minority. A love triangle settles amidst the horrors of war.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Empires fall. Love survives.


Drama | History

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic material including war atrocities, violence and disturbing images, and for some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

21 April 2017 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La promesa  »

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Box Office


$90,000,000 (estimated)
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Other notable feature films that deal with the Armenian Genocide include 1915 (2015), France's Une histoire de fou (2015) (premiered at the 68th Cannes International Film Festival), Germany's The Cut (2014) (premiered at the 71st Venice International Film Festival), Italy's La masseria delle allodole (2007) (premiered at the 58th Berlin International Film Festival), Canada's Ararat (2002) (premiered at the 56th Cannes International Film Festival) and France's Mother (1991) with Omar Sharif and Claudia Cardinale. See more »


[first lines]
Mikael Boghosian: [narrating] Our village sat high in the mountains of Southern Turkey. It was half Turk, half Armenian. I was the local apothecary. For 200 years the Boghosians made medicines using formulas handed down from our ancestors. All right. We treated everyone alike... Muslim and Christian, rich and poor. Every morning and night. I was proud of our craft. But making potions from herbs and minerals was not enough. My greatest desire was to study medicine at the imperial school in ...
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La Bohème, Che gelida manina
Written by Giacomo Puccini
Performed by Enrico Caruso
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Exceptional movie!!!
13 September 2016 | by See all my reviews

I had the honor and privilege of seeing The Promise at the TIFF and have to honestly say that this movie was exceptional on many fronts. It is a must see for anyone that loves historical epic movies. The movie is beautifully written, directed, produced and all of the actors did a fabulous job taking the audience through their trials and tribulations of the characters that they were portraying. It depicts a charming love story whilst also shining a light on human rights, dignity and freedom that was denied to over 1.5 million Armenians during the Armenian Genocide in the year 1915. I encourage everyone to go and see this movie when it comes out in theatres as they too will be moved as much as I was and hopefully the take away message will be that factual history cannot be denied and should teach all of humanity to never let it happen again.

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