La Promesse

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La Promesse
La Promesse poster.jpg
Film poster
Directed by Jean-Pierre Dardenne
Luc Dardenne
Written by Jean-Pierre Dardenne
Luc Dardenne
Starring Jérémie Renier
Olivier Gourmet
Assita Ouedraogo
Music by Jean-Marie Billy
Denis M'Punga
Cinematography Alain Marcoen
Edited by Marie-Hélène Dozo
Les Films du Fleuve
Samsa Film
Touza Productions
Distributed by ARP Sélection (France)
Release date
  • 16 October 1996 (1996-10-16)
Running time
90 minutes
Country Belgium
Language French
Budget €1.5 million[1]
Box office $2.8 million[1]

La Promesse (lit. "The Promise") is a 1996 drama film by the Belgian brothers Luc Dardenne and Jean-Pierre Dardenne. The plot involves a father, Roger, who traffics and exploits illegal aliens coming into conflict with his teenage mechanic-aspiring son, Igor, after them covering up the accidental death of one of the immigrants results in Igor trying to help out the dead man's family.


Critical response[edit]

La Promesse received mostly positive reviews from critics. Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes gives it a 95% approval rating, based on 21 reviews, with an average score of 7.8/10.[2] At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the film received an average score of 82, based on 17 reviews, indicating "universal acclaim ".[3]

Awards and nominations[edit]


  1. ^ a b "La Promesse". JP's Box-Office. 
  2. ^ "La Promesse (The Promise) (1996)". Rotten Tomatoes. 
  3. ^ "La Promesse (The Promise)". Metacritic. 

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