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La promesse

Luc Dardenne and Jean-Pierre Dardenne

 
La promesse (Criterion Blu-Ray)

Blu-Ray

1 Disc

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  • Belgium
  • 1996
  • 94 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.66:1
  • French
  •  
  • Spine #620

La promesse is the breakthrough feature from Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne, who would go on to become a force in world filmmaking. The brothers brought the unerring eye for detail and the compassion for those on society’s lowest rungs developed in their earlier documentary work to this absorbing drama about a teenager (Jérémie Renier) gradually coming to understand the implications of his father’s making a living through the exploitation of undocumented workers. Filmed in the Dardennes’ industrial hometown of Seraing, Belgium, La promesse is a brilliantly economical and observant tale of a boy’s troubled moral awakening.

Disc Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised by director of photography Alain Marcoen, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack
  • Conversation between film critic Scott Foundas and filmmakers Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne
  • New interview piece featuring actors Jérémie Renier and Olivier Gourmet
  • Trailer
  • New English subtitle translation
  • Plus: A booklet featuring a new essay by film critic Kent Jones

    New cover by Eric Skillman

Film Essays

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La promesse: One Plus One

By Kent Jones August 14, 2012

The Dardennes threw down the gauntlet for a new type of unadorned dramatic storytelling with their breakthrough tale of a working-class boy’s fraught coming-of-age. Read more »

Big Screen

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Repertory Pick: La promesse in Los Angeles

April 13, 2017

On Sunday evening, as part of the monthlong series In Transit: Refugees on Film, the UCLA Film & Television Archive will screen a 35 mm print of Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne’s La promesse . . . Read more »


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Film Essays

Promesse_feature_current_thumbnail

La promesse: One Plus One

By Kent Jones August 14, 2012

The Dardennes threw down the gauntlet for a new type of unadorned dramatic storytelling with their breakthrough tale of a working-class boy’s fraught coming-of-age. Read more »

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