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Wild Bunch - THE PROMISE

Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne



Status: Completed

Director(s): Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne

Long synopsis : Belgium today. Teenage Igor helps his father Roger run an illegal immigrant labour ring, while continuing to indulge in childish pastimes. For Igor, taking part in his father’s scams is in the natural order of things - like stealing a purse from the old lady whose car he’s repairing. ‘Innocent’ wrong-doing... He will lose his ‘innocence’ abruptly when, with Roger and on his orders, they leave Hamidou, an African immigrant worker, to die after he falls from some scaffolding. Before he dies, Hamidou begs Igor to look after his wife and son. Igor promises without Roger’s knowledge. This is the beginning of the gradual awakening of moral awareness in Igor, torn between loyalty to his father and loyalty to his promise.


  • Jeremie Renier, Olivier Gourmet, Assita Ouedraogo


  • Director(s): Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne
  • Screenplay: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne, Leon Michaux , Alphonse Badolo, Christian Kmiotek
  • DP: Alain Marcoen
  • Editing: Marie-Hélène Dozo
  • Original Music: Gabriel Yared
  • Original Title: PROMESSE (LA)
  • Genre(s): Drama

  • Production company: FILMS DU FLEUVE (LES)
  • Production date: 1995
  • Language: French
  • Duration: 90 min