The Promise

Empires fall. Love survives.


The Promise
Set in 1914, at the dawn of World War I. The mighty Ottoman Empire is crumbling. Constantinople, the once vibrant, multicultural capital is about to be consumed by chaos. A medical student arrives there determined to bring modern medicine back to his ancestral village in Southern Turkey where Turkish Muslims and Armenian Christians have lived side by side for centuries. There is also a photo-journalist who has come here only partly to cover geo-politics. He is mesmerized by his love for an Armenian artist he has accompanied from Paris after the sudden death of her father. When the medical student meets the artist, their shared Armenian heritage sparks an attraction that explodes into a romantic rivalry between the two men. As the Turks form an alliance with Germany and the Empire turns violently against its own ethnic minorities, their conflicting passions must be deferred while they join forces to survive even as events threaten to overwhelm them.

135 minutes.
No persons under 13 (Violence).
Drama, Period piece, On the art circuit

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Credits

Cast
Oscar Isaac, Charlotte Le Bon, Christian Bale, Daniel Giménez Cacho, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Marwan Kenzari, Angela Sarafyan
Director
Terry George
ScreenplayTerry George, Robin Swicord
MusicGabriel Yared
CinematographyJavier Aguirresarobe
EditingSteven Rosenblum
SoundtrackAvailable
Made in2016
Produced byBabieka, Survival Pictures, Wonderful Films

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Film and Publications Board (FPB) Report (SA)

GenreDrama
LanguageInfrequent, low impact
NudityNone
SexNOne
ViolenceFrequent, moderate impact
PrejudiceNone
BlasphemyNone
Drug abuseNone
Comments
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USA MPAA rating

PG-13: Parents Strongly CautionedRated PG-13 for thematic material including war atrocities, violence and disturbing images, and for some sexuality
Runtime133
USA version is usually but not always the same as South African release. Versions released on streaming or DVD, Blu-ray or Video may also differ.

ScreenIt Report (USA)

Sex / Nudity
4
Violence
5
Blood / Gore / Gross
4
Guns / Weapons
5
Profanity
2
Alcohol / Drugs
4
Smoking
1
Disrespectful / Bad Attitude
5
Imitative Behaviour
3
Frightening / Tense Scenes
4
Jump Scenes
3
Tense Family Scenes
5
Music (Scary/Tense)
5
Music (Inappropriate)
0
Topics to talk about
5

CommonSenseMedia Report (USA)

Suggested age limit
14 +
Positive messages
3
Positive role models
3
Violence
4
Sex
2
Language
1
Consumerism
0
Drinking, drugs, smoking
2

Ratings

Scale (Max)20

What the Critics say

Cape Argus / The Star
Lindsey Bahr quote iconFocus on romance detracts from genocide.
10
Die Burger
Anika Marais quote icon'n Belofte wat groot skuld maak.
10
ScreenIt
Jim Judy quote iconThe film feels like it’s doing nothing more than going through the motions, and it never engages the viewer as much as it should and probably could have. It ends up feeling a few hours longer than the 130-some minute runtime, and while it earns a few points for attempting to bring the Armenian genocide to light, I doubt many people will see it or that it will come anywhere close to earning back its production budget.
8
Metacritic.com
30 critics
10
Rottentomatoes critics
121 critics
11
Rottentomatoes tomatometer
Tomatometer quote iconThe Promise wastes an outstanding cast and powerful real-life story on a love triangle that frustratingly fails to engage.
10
Movie Review Query Engine
MRQE critics quote icon
12
CommonSenseMedia
Staff evaluation quote iconWar movie tells important story but is flawed, meandering.
5

What the People say

Metacritic.com users
128 users
14
Rottentomatoes users
9811 users
9
Internet
150188 Netizens quote iconMoving love triangle, leading to Armenian Genocide
12

Average .. 50%

10

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