La Promesse is a substantially rich social drama that depicts a world where injustice and immorality rules, and where even the souls of young teenagers are already corrupt, even if they manage to be deeply pure and righteous in the most decisive moments. The Dardennes' raw, marginal style works like wonders in this intense and hopeless tale, as this one may just be their most complete film.
the flaw in this film (smoothed over in their later work, I think) is that the drama of exceptional circumstances overloads the film's (very deep) emotional capacity. but the characterization of a boy poised between obedience / mimicry (fatherhood as toxin) and ethical self-responsibility (the terror of individuation) is extremely deft, and the fearless ending, which undoes so much narrative work, is frankly perfect.
İyi sinemaya güzel bir örnek... Filmden dikkatimi çeken küçük bir nokta: Burkina Fasolu kadın Ramazanın bitişini kurban keserek kutlarken aynı zamanda putlara da inanıyor, kötü ruhlara karşı korunmak için ayin yapıyor. İslamiyet ve yerel inancın ilginç bir sentezi gibi. Geçmişte Fransız sömürgesi olan ülkede Fransızlar dillerini bırakarak gitmişler ülkeden, Batılı kültürlerini yanlarına alarak. Ne ironi!
at start my expectations were huge , it was deserving 5 stars with those actors ... but this is not reality . it is a story which makes confession over a child's conscience . For this reason this is not a intimate movie. european people's point of view for immigrants is still same .There is no change. I dont know when they will stop relieving their consciences over cinema . la promesse 96 , le havre 2011 ... .... .
Minimalist realism, with nothing superficial added for dramatic effect, relying entirely on the ethically bleak situations and the amazingly enacted personas. A touching story full of dilemmas in which little is black and white. This film goes as deep as films ought to go, I honestly feel guilty not giving this five stars.
The Dardennes are masters of the hard presentation of reality without the slightest edge of preachiness. It helps that they focus on young people at a liminal stage of life, when they face the moral choices that will set the course for the adulthood to come. This portrait of the immigrant poor and working class natives of Belgium is a Bicycle Thieves for a globalized world.