A Promise
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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 man moves to continue his work. There he meets the owner's wife, a much younger woman, beautiful and reserved. (c) IFC Films
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"The anguish of the lovers' decade-long separation can't be evoked in a matter of minutes ..."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"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."
‑ Justin Chang, Variety
"More than anything else, Leconte's bland chocolate-box romance resembles a film like The Notebook or The Lucky One, with its thwarted romance, chaste lack-of-sexuality and thin characters."
‑ Oliver Lyttelton, The Playlist
"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."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"Handsomely filmed but wan period romance."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"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."
‑ Aaron Hillis, Village Voice
"Patrice Leconte struggles to find a coherent rhythm, a problem exacerbated by a hurried running time that compresses some of the novella's more interesting socio-political nuances."
‑ Jordan Osterer, Slant Magazine
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