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by Patrice Leconte


Germany, 1912. A young graduate of humble origins gets a job at a steelworks. His abilities earn him the trust of the elderly and ailing owner, who makes him his personal secretary. Often working at his master’s house the young man gets to know the boss’s young wife, a beautiful and reserved woman. Very soon they develop a rapport made up solely of glances and silences, but when the young man is forced to leave for Mexico on business, the woman reveals her love and promises him that upon his return she will be his. Separated by the ocean the two lovers exchange passionate letters. Then the First World War breaks out and the links between Europe and South America are interrupted. Eight years go by, millions die in the war, Europe is in ruins. The young man returns home. Will their love have survived the passing of time?

international title: A Promise
original title: Une promesse
country: France, Belgium
sales agent: Wild Bunch
year: 2013
genre: fiction
directed by: Patrice Leconte
film run: 95'
release date: BE 16/04/2014
screenplay: Patrice Leconte, Jérôme Tonnerre
cast: Alan Rickman, Richard Madden, Rebecca Hall
cinematography by: Eduardo Serra
music: Gabriel Yared
producer: Olivier Delbosc, Marc Missonnier
production: Fidélité Films
distributor: Mars Distribution, Alternative Films, Officine UBU


main awards/selection

Venice 2013 Out of competition

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