The Promise

The Promise

DVD - 2017
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Empires fall, love survives. When Michael, a brilliant medical student, meets Ana, their shared Armenian heritage sparks an attraction that explodes into a romantic rivalry between Michael and Ana's boyfriend Chris, a famous American photojournalist dedicated to exposing political truth. As the Ottoman Empire crumbles into war torn chaos, their conflicting passions must be deferred while they join forces to get their people to safety and survive themselves.


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Sep 24, 2017

A grand Hollywood historic drama with A-list actors, exquisite cinematography, haunting landscape (filmed primarily in the Iberian Peninsula) and supported by egregious events that the Turkish government strongly denied. Similar message as "The Cut 2014" but instead of a man looking for survivors of his family, it chronicled a trio of lovers' experience amid the Armenian genocide, AKA the Armenian Holocaust by the Ottoman Empire during WWI.

Note: “The Promise” refers to the love triangle at the center of the film and all proceeds from the film will go to charity:

Aug 10, 2017

I still don't understand the title after seeing the movie, which is about the Armenian genocide of world war 1 by the Turks. Great information given what happened in ww2. It demonstrates that we don't learn and we don't change, genocide is still in the blood of people around the world.

Jul 29, 2017

Beautifully filmed (more so the 1st half) and well acted semi-historical account of the not-so-well-known Armenian genocide by Turks during WWI. Good effort all around!

Jul 15, 2017

Excellent historically based film about the WWI genocide by the Turks (Ottoman Empire) upon the small neighboring nation of Armenia.

Jan 13, 2017

A beautifully set and costumed film that takes you back into the atmosphere of pre and post-WWI Germany. The story itself seemed to drag out a bit and was not full of plot-twisting moments, but as that speed went well with the general tone of the film and the setting, it wasn't too much of a drawback.

Impressed with Alan Rickman's performance. Believable performance by three main characters and the son was charming. Moved by the kindness to the protege and sensitivity to his poverty. Pleasantly surprised by the plot development which stayed true to the period. Admired the disciplined subtle emotional development of the three main characters. Loved the ending.

Jan 16, 2016

A Promise features dutiful wife who struggles with her affection for her older husband's handsome apprentice; it takes place in the the world of yesterday. An intimate story about a love triangle had a distinct old-fashioned quality. The characters are honor-bound. Wienna, Zweig's native city, at the beginning of XX century provides a gorgeous setting. Favorite quote: "We are parted by distance, but also by time. Little by little, the past feels more and more like a foreign country.

Dec 26, 2015

Tastefully dull. A lost world that you don't really need to visit. Alan Rickman does his cuckold number again.

Jun 24, 2015

A lovely movie. I enjoyed it very much. Plein de finesse psychologique. Une histoire surprenante, tout compte fait.

May 27, 2015

Patrice Leconte has made some good films (Monsieur Hire, La veuve de Saint-Pierre) and some good entertainments (Ridicule, L'homme du train). Here he both directs and provides the screenplay for a movie based on Stefan Zweig's novella, Journey into the Past. It is not a success. The actors have to grapple with dialogue larded with clichés. Alan Rickman and Rebecca Hall do their best with the poor hand Lecomte has dealt them, but Richard Madden is a non-stop liability. Redeeming features are restricted to (a) Rebecca Hall's neck; (b) her period costumes and hairstyles that evolve nicely over time; and (c) the last five minutes - but it's hard work getting there!

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Sep 24, 2017

Our village sat high in the mountains of Southern Turkey. It was half Turk, half Armenian.
You're not a Turk. Armenians have to apply in their hometown.
The Armenians are a tumor in our midst, Emre. Do you understand?
Involving the mass arrest of intellectuals, bankers and clergy. It does appear to be an attempt to stifle and silence the Armenian population.
Who are you to spread such rumors?
-Right now... Outside of Siroun... You'll find the bodies of every Armenian from my village rotting in a river. Every man, woman and child marched from their home, brought there and slaughtered, all of them. My father. My wife. Stabbed, slashed open. Our unborn child ripped from her womb. You don't believe me?
Hmm? Go. Go look for yourself. Follow the vultures and the smell.

Sep 24, 2017

I made a promise. I... can't go back on that, uncle.
He's a spy. And he has used journalism to smear the ottoman empire and its soldiers around the world with his fabrication about the relocation of the Armenians.
We will build a future together, Maral and I. And we will grow to love each other.
And you will be proud of us.
I fell in love with someone. I can't do this. I can't marry Maral.
-You have to marry Maral. Whatever happened, that was another life.
Our revenge will be to survive.
My darling Yeva told me that her greatest wish was that her parents and our dear Ana were here. I told her I know that they are. For sure, they are here. And all of your parents and all those families lost in an attempt to wipe our nation from the face of the earth. But we're still here. We're still here.


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