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La Promesse [Blu-ray] [Criterion Collection]

  • NR
  • Blu-ray
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Roger, a teenage boy, works for his father's construction business, a company that employs illegal immigrants from all over the world. When Hamidu, an immigrant from Burkina Faso, is critically injured in a workplace accident he asks Roger to promise to look after his wife and baby. After Hamidu dies Roger's father covers up his death and hides the body. Roger is stuck between his promise to look after the unfortunate immigrant and his loyalties to his own father. LA PROMESSE is an uncompromising coming of age story and a look at a Europe in conflict over immigrants and their often harsh treatment. From the directors of ROSETTA.
  • Credits
    Jrmie Rnier, Jeremie Renier, Olivier Gourmet, Rasmane Ouedraogo, Assita Ouedraogo
  • Critic Reviews
    "...Exceptional....The conflicts involved are intense and absorbing, proving that compelling moral dilemmas make for the most dramatic cinema..."
    Los Angeles Times

    "...Powerful....[The directors] tap into the interior lives of the characters with tremendous subtlety and originality..."
    Chicago Sun-Times

    "..The film moves at a constant clip....[It] thoroughly engages the imagination..."
    USA Today

    "...The film is really about labor, and keeps up a break-neck, handheld-camera pace..."
    Film Comment

    "[A] modest masterpiece about the possibility of kindness....[A] stirring spectacle of a callow child growing -- slowly -- into a moral being."
    Wall Street Journal

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