A Promise
A Promise (2014)

Germany, 1912. A graduate of humble origins takes up a clerical post in a steel factory. Impressed by his work the elderly owner takes him on as his private secretary. His health declining, the owner is confined to his home, where the young… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: August 26, 2014
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out

Despite decent performances, a promising dramatic set-up leads to little of real interest.

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Aaron Hillis
Village Voice

The magnetism between these stiff nonstarters wouldn't stick to a fridge, especially when the war-ex-machina forces them apart for years but the only credible passing of time is our own.

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Jonathan Romney
Observer [UK]

The main drawbacks are the grey decorousness of the pacing and visuals, and Richard Madden's unsympathetically flat playing as antihero Fritz.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

The anguish of the lovers' decade-long separation can't be evoked in a matter of minutes ...

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Justin Chang

This awkward, passionless drama conveys neither the sensuality nor the drawn-out sense of longing required by its period tale of a young secretary who falls in love with his employer's wife.

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Geoffrey Macnab

Nonetheless, at its best, it has some of the same qualities as Ophüls' [Letter from an Unknown Woman].

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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

The actors are smoothly professional and the production feels polished. But it's hard to recommend a romance without passion, no matter how pretty it looks.

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Zach Hollwedel
Under the Radar

Though by no means an unbearable watch, A Promise is almost as much an exercise in patience for its viewers as it is for Friedrich and Lotte.

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Rich Cline

When a French filmmaker travels to Belgium to film a German story in English, it's hardly surprising that the resulting movie feels somewhat awkward.

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