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La Promesse

Directors/Writers: Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne
Directors of Photography:Alain Marcoen and Benoît Dervaux
Editor:Marie-Hélène Dozo
Music:Jean-Marie Billy and Denis M'Punga
Producers:Luc Dardenne and Hassen Daldoul
Vertigo Films; NR; 93 minutes
Release:5/97
Cast:Jérémie Renier, Olivier Gourmet, Assita Ouedraogo and Rasmané Ouedraogo

A wrenching film with devastating moral questions that are not easily answered. Roger (Gourmet) runs a construction company in Antwerp, Belgium, and exploitatively employs immigrant labor. When a worker falls from scaffolding, Roger's 15-year-old son, Igor (Renier), begs his father to take the man to the hospital. Roger refuses, fearing an investigation, and lets the man die. He insists Igor go along with the cover-up. The boy is caught between loyalty to his father and the dead man's family.


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