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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

On June 5, 2017, a special screening of The Promise (2016) took place in the Canadian Parliament in Ottawa. Organized by the Canada-Armenia Parliamentary Friendship Group and the Armenian National Committee of Canada, it was attended by a significant number of members, senators, parliamentary staffers and civil servants, and also the ambassador of Armenia to Canada, Mr. Armen Yeganian. 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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Featured in Intent to Destroy (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Deutschland Uber Alles
Music by Franz Joseph Haydn (uncredited) and lyrics by August Heinrich Hoffman von Fallersleben (uncredited)
[Incorrectly credited as Traditional]
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Amazing must-see film
23 March 2017 | by larafudgeSee all my reviews

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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