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LA PROMESSE

Director: JEAN-PIERRE & LUC DARDENNE

Belgium-France-Luxembourg • 1996 • Subtitled • Colour • Dolby stereo SR • 93 min.


Bringing the Dardennes’ art to full maturity, this explores the moral and emotional dilemma faced by a teenager (Jeremie Renier) helping his father (Olivier Gourmet) in the importation and exploitation of illegal immigrants. When an accident occurs on a construction site managed by his dad, the boy is forced to question where his loyalties lie . . . The brothers’ origins in documentary film-making ensures that this marvellous movie attains a gritty, unsentimental naturalism while never muddying the ethical issues; and Gourmet and Renier give performances that demonstrate the directors’ expertise with actors.

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