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.
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.
In the film, ethnic Armenians attempt to flee to safety in Aleppo, Syria to survive the genocide in Turkey. Tragically, 100 years after the events portrayed in the film, the reverse is true - Aleppo has been ravaged by genocide with many survivors attempting to flee to safety in Turkey. See more »
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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This film hits so many themes and is so moving and kept me engaged the whole time. It does a great job of shedding light to this time in history and has a great story line and actors.Shot with a beautiful backdrop and vibrant characters, it was both very entertaining and emotional to watch. Would 100% recommend. Bravo to the director and producer, truly an amazing piece of work!
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