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A Promise (2013)

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A romantic drama set in Germany just before WWI and centered on a married woman who falls in love with her husband's protégé. Separated first by duties and then by the war, they pledge their devotion to one another.

Director:

Patrice Leconte

Writers:

Patrice Leconte (screenplay), Jérôme Tonnerre (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Rebecca Hall ... Lotte Hoffmeister
Alan Rickman ... Karl Hoffmeister
Richard Madden ... Friedrich Zeitz
Toby Murray Toby Murray ... Otto Hoffmeister
Maggie Steed ... Frau Hermann
Shannon Tarbet ... Anna
Jean-Louis Sbille Jean-Louis Sbille ... Hans, the Butler
Sarah Messens Sarah Messens ... Magda, the Maid
Jonathon Sawdon ... Engineer (as Jonathan Sawdon)
Caroline Donnelly Caroline Donnelly ... Funfair Lady
Peter Kern Peter Kern ... Funfair Photographer
Andrew McIlroy Andrew McIlroy ... Pastor
Christelle Cornil Christelle Cornil ... Post Office Employee
Gordon Wilson Gordon Wilson ... Hotel COncierge
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Storyline

Young Friederich has humble origins, but rises to the attention of his new boss, Karl. As he volunteers to tutor his employer's son, he gets more and more attached to Karl's young wife Lotte. She refuses however to betray her husband even when they learn Friedrich must go to Mexico for two years to supervise a mining project for Karl. Friedrich and Lotte swear to one another they will stay true to each other, but the oncoming war keeps them apart for far longer than expected. Written by ETB

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

France | Belgium

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 April 2014 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A Promessa See more »

Filming Locations:

Belgium See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$491,204
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

One of Alan Rickman's last films. See more »

Quotes

Lotte Hoffmeister: Music can exist without the world but the world cannot exist without music.
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Referenced in Honest Trailers: Die Hard (2015) See more »

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O Mensch, bewein dein Sünde groß BWV 622
(Johann Sebastian Bach)
© PD - (P) Fidélité Films
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Somewhat misunderstood love story
8 October 2018 | by percyporcelainSee all my reviews

Maybe I'm being charitable here, but I felt the "lack of chemistry" between the leads that so many criticise here could have been intentional, a trope for repressed emotion or the etiquette of the time. Yes, there are some major flaws, some clunking (such as the keyboard-sniffing, rat capture and of course, the damp squib of an ending), but there's also a lot to enjoy, particularly if you are a Rickman fan. But yes, some more historical context would have been good, it feels like an afterthought, and perhaps a deeper examination of whether the affair was set up from the start by an impotent husband.


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