A Promise (2013 film)

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A Promise
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Directed by Patrice Leconte
Written by Patrice Leconte
Jérôme Tonnerre
Starring Rebecca Hall
Alan Rickman
Richard Madden
Maggie Steed
Shannon Tarbet
Jean-Louis Sbille
Music by Gabriel Yared[1]
Cinematography Eduardo Serra
Edited by Joelle Hache
Release dates
  • September 2013 (2013-09) (TIFF)
Running time
95 minutes
Country France
Language English

A Promise is a French drama romance film directed by Patrice Leconte and written by Patrice Leconte and Jérôme Tonnerre. The story is based on Stefan Zweig's novel "Journey into the Past" and stars Rebecca Hall, Alan Rickman, Richard Madden and Maggie Steed. It was screened in the Special Presentation section at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.[2][3]


Germany, 1912. A freshly graduated engineer with modest origins, Friedrich Zeitz, becomes the right hand of aging tycoon Karl Hoffmeister. When Hoffmeister's degrading health condition starts to confine him permanently to his house, Friedrich has to visit him at home to get briefed. Thus Friedrich makes the acquaintance of Hoffmeister's younger wife Charlotte, a beautiful and reserved woman in her early 30s. He immediately becomes enamored with her and struggles with his growing unrequited feelings for her, not realizing they are reciprocated. Just as they disclose their mutual attraction towards one another, Friedrich has to leave the country to represent Hoffmeister overseas. The outbreak of World War I keeps him away from Germany for a long time. Only after the end of the war and many years of separation are Friedrich and Charlotte able to reunite.



  1. ^ "Gabriel Yared Scored Patrice Leconte’s ‘A Promise’". Retrieved 2013-07-31. 
  2. ^ "A Promise". TIFF. Retrieved 2013-08-15. 
  3. ^ "Toronto Adds 75+ Titles To 2013 Edition". Indiewire. Retrieved 2013-08-15. 

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