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: September 7, 1996
DVD 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.

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.