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Venice Film Review: 'A Promise'
A French director working with British actors and pre-WWI German setting could theoretically make a film that rises above Europudding mediocrity, but that potential goes unrealized by "A Promise," Patrice Leconte's unpromising first foray into English-language filmmaking. Led by a trio of lackluster performances from Alan Rickman, Rebecca Hall and "Game of Thrones" thesp Richard Madden, this awkward, passionless drama conveys neither the sensuality nor the drawn-out sense of longing required by its period tale of a young secretary who falls in love with his employer's wife. The French-Belgian co-production will rely on high regard for Leconte's past work to drum up arthouse interest offshore.
September 4, 2013