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A Promise

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Germany, 1912. A graduate of humble origins, Friedrich (Richard Madden) takes up a clerical post in a steel factory. Impressed by his work the elderly owner (Alan Rickman) takes him on as his private secretary. His health declining, the owner is confined to his home, where Friedrich moves to continue his work. There he meets the owner’s wife, a much younger woman (Rebecca Hall), beautiful and reserved.
As time passes Friedrich 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 Friedrich 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 away for 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?

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Starring

Rebecca Hall, Alan Rickman, Richard Madden

Directed by

Patrice Leconte

Written by

Stefan Zweig

Country Of Origin

France / Belgium

Language

English

Counter Punch

“A reminder that exceptional movies are still being made outside of Hollywood."

NY Times

“Mr. Rickman is a master.”

Film Journal

“Beautifully shot and tastefully designed.”

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