• Released
  • October 6, 1996
  • 1 hr 34 min
  • Drama
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Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
Both sides of the story -- the larger context and the intense and intimate drama -- are painted with an absolutely unswerving sense of...
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Desmond Ryan
La Promesse is a compelling look at issues that - in a world where ethnic frictions grow more tense, even as national boundaries disappear...
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Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
Hurtling from the screen with a vigor and importance that are all but absent from contemporary film, it's a deeply moving social drama, raw...
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Chicago Sun-Times

La Promesse was written and directed by the brother duo of Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, who were previously known as documentary makers....
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By James Berardinelli
Despite being a low-key production, La Promesse speaks volumes about how we treat other human beings and what it means to truly grow up.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Frank Scheck
The visual style and the natural, unaffected performances by a talented cast help create an atmosphere of verisimilitude that makes the...
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The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Liam Lacey
The theme could be trite or maudlin in lesser hands. Here, through the Dardennes' judiciously stylized way of telling the story, there is a...
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Miami Herald

By Rene Rodriguez
La Promesse (The Promise) makes filmmaking look easy. The movie is deceptively simple, a tight little drama about guilt and conscience in...
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
The world of this film is like nothing most Americans have seen. But we know what it's about. It's about greed and guilt and how...
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New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
La Promesse believes that decency is an innate human quality that can surface from any rubble. [16 May 1997, p.47]
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