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The Promise

The Promise

A Feature film by Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne

Release in France : 16/10/1996


    Igor, is fifteen. He's an apprentice mechanic, a karting fan and above all his father Roger's son, involved, with him, in an illegal immigration racket. Igor takes to his father's scams with natural verve and innocence, not asking too many questions. Yet, one day because of a promise made Igor is forced to choose. Can he come clean without betraying his father?

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    Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne may be compared to the Coen brothers (“Miller's Crossing”, “Barton Fink”, etc...) insofar as they work in total symbiosis. Yet as "engaged" film-makers, these young cineastes are more in the vein of Ken Loach than Mathieu Kassovitz. "Hate" opened up a whole new genre in French cinema. The less didactic "La Promesse", however, is much more credible. Like Loach, the Dardenne brothers don't judge, they simply present a slice of life. The torment of this microcosm on the fringes of society - the theme is that of a young delinquent (Igor) who has to choose between his "bastard" of a father (remarkably played by Olivier Gourmet) who killed a black, and his conscience - never tends towards either excessive anger or sentimentality. The young Jérémie Renier and Assista Ouédraogo give extraordinary performances, which, given their relative inexperience, is no doubt thanks to the Dardenne brothers who with this film have become "majors" of Francophone cinema.

    Edward Behr, journalist and writer

    Full credits (17)

    Assistant directors :

    Bernard Garant, Jean-François Tefnin

    Foreign producers :

    Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne, Hassen Daldoul, Claude Waringo

    Sound Assistant :

    Jonathan Acbard

    Camera Operator :

    Benoît Dervaux

    Editor :

    Marie-Hélène Dozo

    Continuity supervisor :

    Anne Van Hove

    Music Composers :

    Jean-Marie Billy, Denis M'Punga

    Sound mixers :

    Philippe Baudhuin, Benoît Biral, Thomas Gauder

    Location Manager :

    Dimitri Linder

    Screenwriters :

    Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne

    Sound recordists :

    Jean-Pierre Duret, Pascal Metge

    Assistant Operators :

    Olivier Servais, Amaury Duquenne

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Marie-Christine Damiens

    Sound editor :

    Sandrine Deegen

    Production Designer :

    Igor Gabriel

    Costume designer :

    Monic Parelle

    Still Photographer :

    Christine Plenus

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    Feature film

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    Childhood, Work

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    Coproducer countries :

    Belgium, Luxembourg, Tunisia, France

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    Minority French (Belgium, Luxembourg, Tunisia, France)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 30 min

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    Dolby A

    Posters (1)

    Directors (2)

    Festival Selections (5)

    Grand Lyon Film Festival - 2020

    Grand Lyon Film Festival (2020)


    Lumière Award : Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne

    Montreal World Film Festival - 1996

    Montreal World Film Festival (Canada, 1996)


    Cinema of Tomorrow

    Directors' Fortnight - 1996

    Directors' Fortnight (France, 1996)


    Official Selection