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From his childhood in Poland to his adolescence in Nice to his years as a student in Paris and his tough training as a pilot during World War II, this tragi-comedy tells the romantic story... See more »

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Roman Kacew, dit Romain Gary
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Nina Kacew
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Alex Gubernatis
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Zaremba
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Lesley Blanch
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Capitaine Langer
Pawel Puchalski ...
Romain (8-10 ans)
Némo Schiffman ...
Romain (14-16 ans)
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La poétesse
Lou Chauvain ...
Mariette
Emiliano Suarez ...
Le chauffeur de taxi Mexique
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Le médecin hôpital Mexico
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Le réceptionniste hôtel Puebla
Katarzyna Skarzanka ...
Aniela
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Madame Podowska
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Le policier Wilno
Jakub Oniszk ...
Kazik
Klaudia Trafalska ...
Valentine
Hubert Ziulkowski ...
Jan
Mathieu Pageot ...
Pastèque
Pawel Kugel ...
Le grand boutonneux
Mateusz Kaminski ...
Le frère de Jan
Marek Giwojno ...
Le paysan polonais
Xavier Schliwanski ...
Sverdlovski
Béla Fesztbaum ...
L'huissier
György Kozma ...
Le photographe
Florá Kovács ...
Cliente coursive 1
Tímea Kása ...
Cliente coursive 2
Iwona Druckoczy ...
Femme inauguration 1
Marcella Andruskó ...
Femme inauguration 2
Danuta Ewa Missig ...
Femme inauguration 3
Ferenc Varga ...
Le vendeur de gâteaux
Stanislas Gaczol ...
Le professeur de maintien (as Stanislaw Gaczol)
Éva Ligeti ...
La femme forte
Péter Babos ...
Le professeur d'escrime
Nóra Palcsó ...
La danseuse charleston
Zsigmond Lázár ...
Le maestro
Gergely Farkas ...
L'élève virtuose
Lili Rónai ...
Ouvrière couturière
Rozi Békés ...
Ouvrière couturière
Mandula Kunert ...
Ouvrière couturière
Dávid Nagy Molnár ...
Le magicien
Sándor Kalla ...
Le violoniste
Janusz R. Kowalczyk ...
Le docteur Wilno
Christian Ameri ...
Rinaldi
Christiane Conil ...
Mlle Jacobi
Jean-Claude Bolle-Reddat ...
M. Sérusier
François Caron ...
Dr. Rosanoff
Cser Kinga ...
L'infirmière hôpital (as Kinga Cser)
Bernard Destouches ...
Docteur marché Buffa
Didier Baldini ...
Boucher Pantaloni
David Bancel ...
Poissonnier marché Buffa
Pascal Mercier ...
Serveur pension Mermonts
Catherine Lecoq ...
Arieta
Alain Clément ...
Le mari d'Ariéta
György Felföldy ...
Le porteur gare de Nice
András Faragó ...
Le chauffeur de taxi gare de Nice
László Katona ...
Le contrôleur
Nicolas Vrancken ...
Le guichetier gare de Nice
Sofia Nilsson ...
Brigitte
Maxime Le Gac-Olanié ...
L'étudiant parisien
Virginie Vignolo ...
Fille hôtel Europe
Celine Capacci ...
Fille hôtel Europe
Dorothée Marro ...
Fille hôtel Europe
Arieh Worthalter ...
Capitaine de Gache
Bastien Bouillon ...
Gouje
Olivier Massart ...
L'officier remise des grades
Pascal Gruselle ...
Colonel salon
Juan Marquez Garcia ...
Jeune caporal cycliste
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Le mécano base d'aviation
Vero Bossa ...
Chanteuse New Sisters
Brenda Della Valle ...
Chanteuse New Sisters
Sophie Uvodic ...
Chanteuse New Sisters
Dániel Józsa ...
Polonais Londres 1
Karol Zielinski ...
Polonais Londres 2
Zbigniew Pyz ...
Polonais Londres 3
Péter Valcz ...
L'officier français Londres
Péter Barbinek ...
Le colonel Londres
Bintourabie Camara ...
Vieille femme savane
Marana Noba ...
Louison
Pierre Yvon ...
Médecin Guyon
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L'intendant
Alexandre Dewez ...
Militaire chambrée Romain
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Fille Bangui
Romain Gommengenger ...
Militaire Bangui
Bougouma Mbaye ...
Femme imposante village
Josette Sablairolles ...
L'infirmière bonne soeur
Pierre Nabot ...
Prêtre Bangui
Mamadou Faye ...
Infirmier
Joseph Abate ...
Infirmier
Martin Loizillon ...
Bauden
Charles Culot ...
Photographe Hatford Bridge
Fabian Finkels ...
Contrôleur Hatford Bridge
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alexandre Kergen ...
Pilote de chambrée
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(voice)
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Cliente coursive
Alexandre Picot ...
Sergent Dufour (uncredited)
Jean-Marie Winling ...
(uncredited)

Directed by

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Eric Barbier

Written by

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Eric Barbier ... ()
 
Marie Eynard ... ()
 
Romain Gary ... (novel)

Produced by

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Vivien Aslanian ... co-producer
Jonathan Blumental ... co-producer
Serge de Poucques ... co-producer
Fabrice Gianfermi ... executive producer
Sylvain Goldberg ... co-producer
Eric Jehelmann ... producer
Nadia Khamlichi ... co-producer
Romain Le Grand ... co-producer
Péter Miskolczi ... executive producer
Adrian Politowski ... co-producer
Philippe Rousselet ... producer
Jérôme Seydoux ... producer
Gilles Waterkeyn ... co-producer

Cinematography by

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Glynn Speeckaert

Film Editing by

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Jennifer Augé

Editorial Department

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Julien Bodart ... colorist
Jimmy Christophe ... data manager: dailies
Youenn Latour ... assistant color grader
Ronan Tronchot ... assistant editor
Damien Ulmer ... assistant colorist
Cedric Duron ... trailer editing team (uncredited)

Casting By

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Gigi Akoka
Mourad Barouche
Eszter Izso
Sebastian Moradiellos
Mustapha Souaidi

Production Design by

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Pierre Renson

Art Direction by

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Livia Borgognoni ... (Italian Art Director)
Renátó Cseh

Set Decoration by

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Lieven Baes
Cécilia Blom
Delphine De Casanove

Costume Design by

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Catherine Bouchard

Makeup Department

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Fabienne Adam ... makeup artist
Olivier Afonso ... special makeup effects artist
Charlotte Arguillère ... key hair stylist
Veronica Beffa ... assistant makeup artist: Italy unit
Virginie Berland ... facial hair maker
Jennifer Courouge ... crowd hair supervisor
Patricia Grant ... makeup artist
Laetitia Hillion ... special makeup effects artist
Cyril Hipaux ... special makeup effects artist
Panos Kondylis ... makeup artist: Italy unit / makeup supervisor: crowd, Italy unit
Frédéric Lainé ... special makeup effects artist
Joran Muratori ... assistant hair stylist
Laura Ozier ... key makeup artist
Vincent Respriget ... department head hair stylist: Belgium unit
Robert Smedt ... hair stylist
Mónika Tóth ... daily hairdresser

Production Management

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Jean-Jacques Albert ... production manager
Alessio Angelucci ... unit production manager
Nicolas Baudens ... post-production manager
Tommaso Calevi ... production manager
Guglielmo D'Avanzo ... assistant production manager
Alessandro Elia ... assistant production manager
Abraham Goldblat ... post-production supervisor
Emese Hunyadi ... production manager
Cédric Iland ... co-production manager: Belgium
Antonin Morel ... location manager
Léa Sadoul ... post-production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Tarik Ait Ben Ali ... first assistant director-morocco
Giuseppe Barletta ... third assistant director
Diane Capo ... third assistant director
Olive Chenieux ... additional assistant director
Tamás Császár ... second assistant director
Giulio Cupperi ... first assistant director italian crew
Lourenco De Almeida Barbosa De Carvalho ... first assistant director: italy
Michaël de Nijs ... second assistant director
Alice Di Giacomo ... addl second assistant director: italy
Cristina Freitas ... second assistant director
Elodie Gay ... first assistant director
Karima Guennouni ... second assistant director-morocco
Dániel Mertz ... assistant director
Andreas Meszaros ... first assistant director
Charlène Sales ... third assistant director
Jean Toussaint ... third assistant director
Tindaro Trimarchi ... assistant production manager
Barnabás Tóth ... assistant director: hungary
Brieuc Vanderswalm ... first assistant director
Vanessa Zerda ... trainee assistant director

Art Department

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Sébastien Autphenne ... props
Gábor Bukszár ... art department coordinator
Séverine Closset ... property master
Roberto DiCamillo ... buyer
Bálint Diószegi ... stand by props
Marie Eynard ... storyboard artist
Clara Farkas ... assistant set decorator
Stéphanie Fourcassier ... props buyer
Jean-Baptiste Frenoy ... ripper
Maite Goblet ... assistant art director
Morgane Guignon ... assistant art director
Hélène Imbert ... head painter
Glauco Isidori ... painter/scenic artist
Oroszlány Kata ... draftsman
József Kiss ... construction manager
Thomas Lechevallier ... set designer
Camille Mikolajczak ... assistant art director
Frank Monseigny ... assistant art director
Martin Moulron ... assistant property master
Dániel Nagy ... set dresser
Paula Németh ... draftsman
Gábor Pankasz ... draftsman
János Pordán ... graphic artist
Francesco Postiglione ... property master
Hajós Péter ... set dresser
Jacques Van Loock ... props
Toldi Veronika ... draftsman
Christine Vincent-Genod ... assistant art director
Simona Zora ... assistant set decorator italy

Sound Department

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Nick Baldock ... adr mixer
Benoît Biral ... foley pre-mixer
Bertrand Boudaud ... foley artist
Cristiano Ciccone ... re-recording mixer italian dubbing
Nicolas d'Halluin ... adr supervisor
Marc Doisne ... re-recording mixer
Thibaut Dupuis ... dolby atmos mix tech
Alexis Marzin ... assistant adr mixer
François Maurel ... sound
Gildas Mercier ... ADR mixer
Fred Messa ... boom operator
Charles Michaud ... sound mastering engineer
Josselin Panchout ... adr boom operator
Stephane Rabeau ... sound editor
Yves Renard ... sound effects editor
Pierre Simion ... assistant adr engineer
Hugo Thouin ... assistant sound editor
Thomas Wargny ... mix technician
Ken Yasumoto ... supervising sound editor

Special Effects by

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Jean-Christophe Bourgeois ... special effects technician
Sylvain Tardiveau ... cgi animator

Visual Effects by

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Christophe Andreii ... compositor: Umedia
Tomás Arando ... compositor: Umedia
Simon Auquier ... compositor: Umedia
Manuela Balk ... compositor: Umedia
Julien Bastidon ... it manager: Umedia
Jean-Bastien Bellot ... compositor: Umedia
Odile Beraud ... vfx coordinator: Umedia
Nora Berecoechea ... vfx production manager: Umedia
Cedric Blondelle ... compositor: Umedia
Dimitri Breidenbach ... compositor: Umedia
Nicolas Caboche ... compositor: Umedia
Jimmy Cavé ... visual effects artist
Maximilien Chevalier ... compositor: Umedia
Dominique Cockx ... fx 3d: Umedia
Gregory Corraze ... compositor: Umedia
Jeremie Costard ... compositor: Umedia
Nikolas d'Andrade ... vfx supervisor: Umedia
Daniel Da Silva ... compositor: Umedia
David Danesi ... visual effects producer
Jos De Boevere ... compositor: Umedia
Marc Henry de Frahan ... general manager: Umedia
Landry De Oliveira ... cgi artist
Jean-Michel Degoedt ... compositor: Umedia
Tanguy Dehant ... System & network ingenieur: Umedia
Arnaud Delbauve ... compositor: Umedia
Thierry Delobel ... artistic director: Umedia
Emilien Dessons ... 3d fx: Umedia
Victor Dias Lameira ... DI operator: Umedia
Julien Dykmans ... 3d generalist: Umedia
Marie-Aline Fabry ... 3d animator: Umedia
Charles-e Farkas ... compositor: Umedia
Christophe Ferrier ... vfx technical director: Umedia
Frederic Perrin Fredleew ... senior concept artist: Umedia / senior matte painter: Umedia
Anna Fusacchia ... vfx editor: Umedia
Javier Garcia del rio Beneyto ... compositor: Umedia
Sophie Garrel ... vfx coordinator: Umedia
Yannick Giaume ... 3d animator: Umedia
Nicolas Gillard ... compositor: Umedia
Olivier Gilles ... compositor: Umedia
Thibaut Granier ... visual effects artist
Giorgia Graziadio ... lead compositor: Umedia
Dimitri Gruszka ... compositor: Umedia
Clément Hebert ... visual effects artist
Bénédicte Hostache ... compositor: Umedia
Rosen Ivanov ... compositor: Umedia
Agathe Juvenez ... compositor: Umedia
Lucien Keller ... visual effects artist
Vincent Labis ... compositor: Umedia
Nicolas Lacroix ... visual effects producer
Elsa Lamy ... compositor: Umedia
De Oliveira Landry ... visual effects artist
Simon Legrand ... 3d generalist: Umedia
Timothée Leruitte ... compositor: Umedia
Stephane Lesmond ... visual effects video assist
Arnaud Leviez ... visual effects supervisor
Tristan Lilien ... digital compositor
Jérome Lionard ... compositor: Umedia
David Loti ... vfx coordinator: Umedia
Paolo De Lucia ... 3d supervisor: Umedia
Guillaume Lurati ... 3d animator: Umedia
Luddnel Magne ... lead digital compositor
Thomas Marque ... visual effects artist
Michael Marques ... flame artist
Manon Martin ... lead compositor: Umedia
Maryn Maud ... compositor: Umedia
Nikolay Mihailov ... compositor: Umedia
Nicolas Monier ... compositor: Umedia
Bruno Nicolas ... lead digital compositor: Umedia
Dennis Niko ... compositor: Umedia
Borja A. Ortiz ... matchmove artist: Umedia
Mohamed Oufi ... it assistant: Umedia
Augustin Paliard ... 3d animator: Umedia
Jelmen Palsterman ... compositor: Umedia
Simon Parisi ... digital compositor: Umedia
Emma Pellan ... vfx production director: Umedia
Simon Pennequin ... vfx editor: Umedia
Julien Pernes ... 3d generalist: Umedia
Jeremy Pierre ... lead compositor
Bertrand Piot ... fx td: Umedia
Emmanuelle Remy ... matte painter: Umedia
Guillaume Roche ... vfx coordinator: Umedia
Florian Sanchez ... compositor: Umedia
Louis Savalli ... compositor: Umedia
Michel Seretis ... compositor: Umedia
Michael Suvee ... compositor: Umedia
Sylvain Tardiveau ... cg animator
Ana Maria Ursache ... System & network technician: Umedia
Adrien Valembois ... digital compositor
Frédéric Vanmeerbeeck ... compositor: Umedia
Yann Vlamynck ... cg artist
Caroline Voglaire ... compositor: Umedia
Virginie Wintrebert ... vfx producer: Umedia
Vlamynck Yann ... cg artist

Stunts

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Ádám Bertalan ... stunt performer
Olivier Bisback ... stunt coordinator
Tim Ost ... stunt performer
Abdellah Oukseh ... stunt coordinator
Luca Unger ... stunts

Camera and Electrical Department

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Gábor Balda ... best boy grip
Antal Berger ... rigging gaffer: Hungary
Gauthier Berlaimont ... electrician: second unit
Adrien Blachère ... dit
Thomas Bojan ... electrician
Cyril Bulard ... grip
Zoltán Bók ... rigging best boy
Coline Casse ... video assist
Olivier Cazzitti ... electrician
Speeckaert Charlie ... videoassist
Stéphane Chollet ... camera "b" operator / steadicam operator
Damien Conti ... second assistant camera: second unit
Dominique Degand ... belgian grip
Jérôme Di Cola ... best boy
Fabrizio Diamanti ... key grip
Ilham El Abdi ... assistant camera
Michel Galtier ... first assistant camera
Christophe Henry ... drone camera operator
Róbert Jász ... grip
Vilmos Keszler ... grip
Lyanboui Khaoula ... data wrangler / video assist
Bálint Kolozsvári ... time-lapse photographer
János Kovács ... grip
Thami Lahrach ... electrician
Sébastien Leclercq ... b camera operator / steadicam operator
Amandine Mahieu ... second assistant camera
Tamás Matolcsy ... grip
Riccardo Mellana ... grip
Jérôme Milecan ... grip
Leonardo Mirabilia ... video assist
Cine Qua Non ... grip equipment
Krisztián Paluch ... gaffer: Hungary
Julien Panié ... still photographer
Vincent Piette ... gaffer
Luc Poullain ... aerial coordinator / helicopter pilot: camera helicopter
Csaba Pápai ... grip
Kurt Reybrouck ... key grip
Mathieu Reymond ... drone operator
Olivier Servais ... first assistant camera
Attila Szûcs ... key grip
Felix Terreyre Saint-Cast ... second assistant camera
Joey Terwindt ... grip
Nils Valkenborgh ... grip
Nicolas Velter ... still photographer
Nicolas Voisin ... additional first assistant camera
Louis Zebo ... electrician

Animation Department

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Rodrigo Torres ... animator (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Aandalib Benaddi ... extras casting
Elodie Bensoussan ... casting assistant
Matteo Bianchi ... crowd marshall
Geo Coretti ... extras casting
Marton Dancz ... extras casting assistant
André Della Faille ... extras casting
Clémentine Fritsch ... casting assistant
Magdalena Kakol ... casting assistant Poland
Annie Laloy ... extras casting
Igor Lesage ... casting: Poland (as Igor Le Sage)
Zsolt Ferenc Maier ... extras casting
Veronika Varjasi ... extras casting
Sèbastien Verbustel ... extras casting
Toby Whale ... casting: UK

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Samira Benali ... wardrobe
Nathalie Chesnais ... costume supervisor
Alice Eyssartier ... wardrobe
Teresa Giorgi ... additional wardrobe
Lilla Kleininger ... breakdown artist
Nathalie Leborgne ... key costumer
Francesco Luperini ... assistant costume designer
Laszlo Ritter ... uniform supervisor: hungary
Rita Linda Tóth ... set costumer
Aurore Vicente ... costumer

Location Management

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Geo Coretti ... Location manager
Tamás Császár ... location scout
Rabii El Bakki ... location manager
András Hárskúti ... assistant location manager
Böhm Marcell ... location manager
El Hassan Ait Moudoud ... location manager assistant
Vilmos Romvári ... location scout

Music Department

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Renaud Barbier ... composer: additional music
Daniel Elms ... music editor
Varda Kakon ... music supervisor
Ludovick Tartavel ... additional score engineer

Transportation Department

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Zoltán Szepesi ... motorhome operator

Other crew

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Morgane Aubert ... 2nd Script Supervisor
Iza Bazin ... aerial supervisor
Jean-Christophe Bourgeois ... armorer
Anne-Charlotte Bradfer ... production coordinator Italy
Beatrix Csöbör ... accounting
Serge Hayat ... equity provider
Csaba Hegyi ... unit chief
Krisztina Hegyi ... medical coordinator
Carolina Iorio ... production assistant
Kevin Koeniger ... production & financing coordinator
Ádám Kovácsics ... production assistant
Loránd Molnár ... production assistant
Héloïse Moreau ... script supervisor
Monika Neuner ... accounting
Aurélie Nolf ... assistant script supervisor
Norbert Palfi ... crowd marshall
Chiara Pandolfo ... production assistant
János Papp ... health and safety advisor
Gianfranco Parisi ... payroll account
Julia Perez ... dialect coach/translator
Patrizia Pierucci ... production accountant
Myriam Rak ... legal clearance supervisor
Vincent Respriget ... hair assistant: additional unit
Johanna Szalai ... sports extra
Kitty Bich Thuy Ta ... production assistant
Liliane Wang ... production accountant
Gábor Xantus ... medical supervisor
Lipták Zita ... accommodation and travel coordinator: Hungary

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Plot Summary

From his childhood in Poland to his adolescence in Nice to his years as a student in Paris and his tough training as a pilot during World War II, this tragi-comedy tells the romantic story of Romain Gary, one of the most famous French novelists and sole writer to have won the Goncourt Prize for French literature two times. Written by pathé international

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Also Known As
  • Promise at Dawn (World-wide, English title)
  • Frühes Versprechen (Germany)
  • Promesa al amanecer (Spain)
  • Promessa ao Amanhecer (Brazil)
  • Havtakha im Shakhar (Israel, Hebrew title)
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Runtime
  • 131 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia To prepare the character of Nina, actress Charlotte Gainsbourg admits to have been inspired by her paternal grandmother, also of Russian origin. See more »
Movie Connections Alternate-language version of Promise at Dawn (1970). See more »
Soundtracks The Twins See more »
Quotes Roman Kacew, dit Romain Gary: I made the promise to straighten the world and lay it at his feet
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