Original name: La Promesse
Country: Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Tunisia
Duration: 90 min.
In this acclaimed and gripping social portrait of immoral lives in need of rescue, Igor (Jérémie Renier), aged 15, and his father Roger (Olivier Gourmet) deal in housing and peddling illicit labor in the outlying districts of Liege, Belgium. Scams, lies and swindling rule their lives. When one of his father’s illegal workers gets injured on the job and asks Igor to promise to take care of his wife and baby, Igor finds himself at a crossroad. He wants to keep the promise, but the price would be to betray his father.
emotional, serious, bleak, reflective, tense, realistic, melancholic, sincere, enigmatic, touching ...
immigrants, coming of age, dysfunctional family, father son relationship, realism, brothers, innocence lost, parents and children, crime gone awry, redemption, working class, youth, life & death, family problems, coming-of-age, childhood, family relations, catastrophe, babies and infants, environment, dealing with death, brutality, pornography, human nature, parent child relationship ...
belgium, europe, antwerp, usa, los angeles, tokyo