La Promesse (Blu Ray) (Ff/1.66:1) (Criterion Collection)

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Studio Criterion Collection
SKU 232423248
UPC 715515097314
UPC 14 00715515097314
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 8/14/2012
Coming Of Age
Fathers And Sons
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Roger, a teenage boy, works for his father's construction business, a company that employs illegal immigrants from all over the world. When Hamidu, an immigrant from Burkina Faso, is critically injured in a workplace accident he asks Roger to promise to look after his wife and baby. After Hamidu dies Roger's father covers up his death and hides the body. Roger is stuck between his promise to look after the unfortunate immigrant and his loyalties to his own father. LA PROMESSE is an uncompromising coming of age story and a look at a Europe in conflict over immigrants and their often harsh treatment. From the directors of ROSETTA.
Film Comment "...The film is really about labor, and keeps up a break-neck, handheld-camera pace..." 11/01/1996 p.58-62
Los Angeles Times "...Exceptional....The conflicts involved are intense and absorbing, proving that compelling moral dilemmas make for the most dramatic cinema..." 05/30/1997 p.F14
Chicago Sun-Times "...Powerful....[The directors] tap into the interior lives of the characters with tremendous subtlety and originality..." 08/22/1997 p.36
USA Today "..The film moves at a constant clip....[It] thoroughly engages the imagination..." 12/11/1998 p.8E
Wall Street Journal "[A] modest masterpiece about the possibility of kindness....[A] stirring spectacle of a callow child growing -- slowly -- into a moral being." 07/31/2009
Luc Dardenne
Jean-Pierre Dardenne
Jérémie Rénier
Cast & Crew
Rasmane Ouedraogo - Star
Olivier Gourmet - Star
Assita Ouedraogo - Star
Jérémie Rénier - Star
Luc Dardenne - Director
Jean-Pierre Dardenne - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1996
UPC 00715515097314
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 94 minutes
Color Color
Product Attributes
Video Format Blu-Ray

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