La Vie Promise
La Vie Promise (2004)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: March 5, 2004
DVD Release Date: November 23, 2004
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

There is nothing [Huppert] can't do -- except save Promise from the valley of the shadow of bad French movie pretensions.

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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly

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.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Promises more than it can deliver.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

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.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

[The film is] strongest when Huppert is plying her sordid trade, her face a cracking mask of emotional devastation.

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Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

La Vie Promise is a road movie that holds little of the hope of its title despite its almost upbeat ending.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

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.

Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

An acting vehicle for the eternally sensual Isabelle Huppert.

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Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews

Olivier Dahan's ("Crimson Rivers 2") awkwardly pretentious direction is overcome by the fabulous performances of his three stars

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