La Promesse (The Promise)
La Promesse (The Promise) (1996)

A young man born into criminal circumstances is forced to deal with his conscience in this drama from Belgium. Roger (Olivier Gourmet) is a corrupt businessman who smuggles illegal aliens into Antwerp and protects them from the law in… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: August 6, 2002
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Critic Score: 95% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle

The film is entirely within the caught-on-the-run tradition of cinema verite, which makes it all the grittier and its conclusion all the more wrenching.

John Hartl

Ranks with the great European art-house classics about childhood betrayed and innocence lost.

Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film

The Dardennes' film is unfussy and the revelations small but that is why it is so affecting.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

The conflicts involved are intense and absorbing, proving that compelling moral dilemmas make for the most dramatic cinema.

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James Berardinelli

Speaks volumes about how we treat other human beings and what it means to truly grow up.

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Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis

(The Dardennes') "first" film has attained a special place in the hearts of critics and other viewers. Its reputation has not been exaggerated in the least.

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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic

The Dardenne brothers, as shown by their empathic casting, their very choice of theme, have confessed to a burden. They believe in hope.

Stephen Holden
New York Times

Almost everyone should be able to identify with the wrenching moral quandary facing Igor.

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Emanuel Levy

The Dardenne brothers feature debut is a stunning achievement, an emotionally powerful coming of age tale, which shows that humanism can prevail in the harshest economic conditions.

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Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]"La Promesse" is about Roger(Olivier Gourmet) who runs a thriving business smuggling, housing and exploiting illegal aliens in… More
John Ballantine
Wow! Another great film from the Dardenne. I truly believe that they are incapable of making anything less than a gripping tale.
Robert Fearon
A grim but hopeful film that shows us the birth of a consciousness.