A Promise

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  • Release Date: Apr 18, 2014
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Summary: Germany, 1912. A graduate of humble origins takes up a clerical post in a steel factory. Impressed by his work the elderly owner takes him on as his private secretary. His health declining, the owner is confined to his home, where the young man moves to continue his work. There he meets the owner’s wife, a much younger woman, beautiful and reserved. As time passes the young man falls passionately in love but does not dare reveal his feelings. A romantic intrigue develops in this stifling bourgeois home, all looks and silences, without a single word or gesture of love. When the owner announces he is sending his secretary to oversee his mines in Mexico, the wife’s stricken reaction reveals to the young man that she too has fallen secretly in love - a love she cannot express in the presence of her sick husband. She makes him a promise - when he returns in two years time, she will be his. Separated by an ocean, they exchange passionate letters while awaiting the day that will reunite them. Then, on the verge of his return to Germany, World War 1 erupts. All maritime travel between South America and Europe is suspended. His beloved pines, awaiting his return. Eight years later, with millions dead and Europe in ruins, the exile returns, to his homeland and to the woman he hopes has been waiting for him. But has their love survived the brutal passage of time? [IFC Films]

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Runtime: 98 min
Official Site: http://www.ifcfilms.com/films/a-promise
Production: Le Tax Shelter du Gouvernement Fédéral de Belgique
Genres: Drama, Romance
Countries: France, Belgium
Language: English
Director Credit
Patrice Leconte Director
Writer Credit
Jérôme Tonnerre Writer
Patrice Leconte Writer
Stefan Zweig Writer
Cast Credit
Alan Rickman Karl Hoffmeister
Andrew McIlroy Pastor
Caroline Donnelly Funfair Lady
Christelle Cornil Post Office Employee
Gordon Wilson Hotel COncierge
Jean-Louis Sbille Hans, The Butler
Jonathan Sawdon Engineer
Maggie Steed Frau Hermann
Peter Kern Funfair Photographer
Rebecca Hall Lotte Hoffmeister
Richard Madden Friedrich Zeitz
Sarah Messens Magda, The Maid
Shannon Tarbet Anna
Toby Murray Otto Hoffmeister
Producer Credit
Christine De Jekel Executive Producer
Genevieve Lemal Co-Producer
Marc Missonnier Producer
Olivier Delbosc Producer
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