Dardenne Brother's "La Promesse"

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  1. Gary Tooze

    Gary Tooze Producer

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    For any who have not had the opportunity to see this powerful film, I strongly recommned it. My review (with screen captures from the New Yorker DVD) CAN BE FOUND BY CLICKING HERE.
     
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    Gary, I loved La Promesse when I saw it at the festival 6 years ago [​IMG]
    A really good film, strongly reminiscent of the social-realism style of British filmmaker, Ken Loach who's films are as equally as good! (and undoubtedly a strong influence on the Dardennes).
    I'm anxious to see Rosetta, but so far no luck
    Nice review and screengrabs!
     
  3. Gary Tooze

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    Hey Bill,
    Thanks for the comments....
    I don't know how much Loach inspired the Dardennes as they were making documentaries 20 years prior to La Promesse... but you may be right.
    By the way, since I'm too lazy to e-mail... my screeners came in today and I'll be sure to get in touch once I have seen them...
    Cheers,
     
  4. Jay E

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    I love both of the Dardennes films, especially since documentary style films are a particular favorite of mine (Mike Leigh, Ken Loach, Vagabond). Rosetta is one of the most perceptive and humanistic films I've seen in quite a long time. I loved the fact that the Dardennes didn't present their character in an overly sympathetic light, which it would have been so easy to do given her plight. I haven't seen La Promesse since it came out so I'm so happy to see that it is out on DVD (although I bought the R2 DVD which also contains Rosetta).
     
  5. Gary Tooze

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    Yes Jay, I envy you R2 ( and Region Free player ) people... I finally got a Chinese R0 Rosetta which isn't too bad... I love the flm and should be reviewing it in the next few days...

    Cheers,
     
  6. Jay E

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    Gary

    I've said this before, but you've got to get a region free player, especially as the price for a good one is under $300. It was one of the best decisions I ever made.

    Oh, and also, I always look forward to your reviews. Thanks!
     

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