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.
According to director and co-writer Terry George he introduced the fictitious character of American journalist Chris Meyers (Christian Bale) to the screenplay of The Promise (2016), because by doing so he could highlight the importance of independent reporting during wartime. He could show what information was being sent across the world around this period of time. The presence of Chris Meyers also allowed for the introduction of real historical figures to the story, such as Henry Morgenthau, who was the American Ambassador to the Ottoman Empire and published memoirs about his experiences. While there was no American journalist named Chris Myers during the Armenian Genocide, his character and reporting is inspired by Armin T. Wegner, Johannes Lepsius and many other historical witnesses. 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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I saw this movie at the Sonoma International Film Festival, and although I felt like it could have been edited tighter, it was an amazing story that I'm glad that I experienced. The acting was great, the period costumes and sets were flawless, and the story that it told was heartbreaking and needed to be told. I doubt there was a dry eye in the house (my wife and I certainly cried).
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