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Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne

La promesse (The promise)

Edition 1996
90' - 1996 - Drama - Dialogue: French, Romanian
Director: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne Composer: Jean-Marie Billy, Denis Mpunga With: Jérémie Renier, Olivier Gourmet, Assita Ouedraogo
Belgium. Today. Igor, a young adolescent, helps his father run an illegal immigrant labour ring, while continuing to indulge in childhood pastimes (building a go-kart, for example). For Igor, taking part in his father's scams is part of the naturel order of things, like stealing a purse from the old lady whose car he is repairing. "Innocent" wrong-doing.... He is to lose this "innocence" abruptly, the day when, with his father and on his orders, they leave Hamidou, an African immigrant, to die after he accidentally falls from some scaffolding. Before he dies, Hamidou asks Igor to promise to look after Assita (his wife) and Seydou (his son). Igor makes this promise without his father's knowledge.

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Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne


Jean-Marie Billy, Denis Mpunga


Jérémie Renier, Olivier Gourmet, Assita Ouedraogo


Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne, Leon Michaux, Alphonse Badolo

Director of Photography

Alain Marcoen


Marie-Hélène Dozo


Hassen Daldoul, Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne, Jacqueline Pierreux, Claude Waringo

More information


French, Romanian

Countries of production

Belgium, Tunisia, France



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