La Vie Promise
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Sylvia (Huppert) is a prostitute in Nice, with a self-protective talent for blocking out huge chunks of her past. When her 14-year-old daughter, Laurence (Maud Forget), skips out on foster care to see her biological mom, Sylvia is rudely dismissive. In an episode of bad timing, Laurence ends up stabbing a pimp in Sylvia's apartment. Estranged mother and daughter beat a hasty retreat heading north via train, bus and the kindness of strangers to reunite with the husband and 8-year-old son she skipped out on after the boy's birth landed her in a psychiatric hospital. Sylvia's… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 45%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"There is nothing [Huppert] can't do -- except save Promise from the valley of the shadow of bad French movie pretensions."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"Even Huppert can only do so much to sustain a phony weepie about the impromptu parent-child road trip that occurs after Sylvia's estranged teenage daughter 'accidentally' kills one of Mom's brutal pimps."
‑ Scott Foundas, L.A. Weekly
"Promises more than it can deliver."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"The landscapes are lovely, and Huppert rises to her usual high form."
‑ David Elliott, San Diego Union-Tribune
"A compelling portrait of various strings and levels of destitution."
‑ Greg Muskewitz,
"Like an old Hollywood star vehicle, this French import does its job, providing its lead actress with compelling emotional circumstances and its audience with arresting contexts through which to perceive her."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"[The film is] strongest when Huppert is plying her sordid trade, her face a cracking mask of emotional devastation."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"La Vie Promise is a road movie that holds little of the hope of its title despite its almost upbeat ending."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"The Promised Life is not particularly original either in conception or execution, but it still manages to be interesting and stylish enough to get the better of its cliches."
‑ Tim Cogshell, Boxoffice Magazine
"This is a rare road picture that leaves us knowing less about our traveling companions than we did when the journey started; Dahan and screenwriter Agnes Fustier-Dahan reduce their characters to pasteboard symbols, colored by unexplained quirks."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"It all does come down to Huppert with this film, to the moods, emotional states and character moments she can create, to the delicate magic she can work on screen."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"An acting vehicle for the eternally sensual Isabelle Huppert."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"Olivier Dahan's ("Crimson Rivers 2") awkwardly pretentious direction is overcome by the fabulous performances of his three stars"
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"La Vie Promise offers a fairly engaging story and great scenery. Huppert manages to chew up the latter as she adds heat to the former."
‑ Doris Toumarkine, Film Journal International
"Isabelle Huppert's stunning performance is among the finest of her career."
‑ Phil Hall, Film Threat
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