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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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Terry George
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Oscar Isaac ... Mikael Boghosian
Charlotte Le Bon ... Ana Khesarian
Christian Bale ... Chris Myers
Daniel Giménez Cacho ... Reverend Dikran Antreassian
Shohreh Aghdashloo ... Marta Boghosian
Marwan Kenzari ... Emre Ogan
Angela Sarafyan ... Maral
Tom Hollander ... Garin
Numan Acar ... Mustafa
Igal Naor ... Mesrob
Milene Mayer ... Yeva
Tamer Hassan ... Faruk Pasha
Alicia Borrachero ... Lena
Abel Folk ... Harut
Jean Reno ... Admiral Fournet
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Storyline

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

Taglines:

Empires fall. Love survives.

Genres:

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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Country:

Spain | USA

Language:

English | Armenian | German | French | Turkish

Release Date:

21 April 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La promesa See more »

Filming Locations:

Sintra, Lisbon, Portugal See more »

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Budget:

$90,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The Promise (2016) was screened in May 2017 in war-torn Aleppo, Syria, at the initiative of the Armenian National Committee of Syria. Present at the event were Syrian lawmakers, leaders of the Aleppo State University, Armenia's Consul General to Aleppo Tigran Gevorgyan, state officials, journalists and representatives of the Christian and Arab communities. See more »

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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 Morocha
Written by Angel Gregorio Villoldo ( as Ángel Villoldo)
Arranged by James Seymour Brett
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Exceptional movie!!!
13 September 2016 | by Arthur HovsepianSee 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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