Das Versprechen (The Promise)
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Two star-crossed lovers, separated by the Berlin wall for thirty years are reunited. The major events in their separate lives become the focus in this German political drama. The story begins in August 1961 as the Wall is being built. In Eastern Berlin a group of young adults plans their escape. Included in the group are Konrad and Sophie who has an aunt on the other side. It is the aunt who will sponsor the escapees. Escape will be the only way Konrad and Sophie will be able to stay together. Konrad is involved in a mishap en route and must remain in East Berlin. In 1968, the lovers at last… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 71%

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"Director Margarethe von Trotta effortlessly weaves history and personal events into a tapestry full of emotion and irony."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Although it has many a tragic scene, the ultimate message made me feel like I had just heard Beethoven's Ode to Joy being sung - very uplifting."
‑ Steve Rhodes, Internet Reviews
"It becomes too fuzzy when it tries to explain in 115 minutes the history of modern Germany."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Shattering film about loss."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
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