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La Promesse(1996)

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  • Distinctive Dardenne Brothers' Direction

    • Will Fox
    • 9/26/16

    Resembling America's highly successful, independent films' writing-directing team, the Coen Brothers, Joel and Ethan Coen produced the surprisingly engaging, black comedy, "Fargo" and won the 1996 Oscar for Best Screenplay, while the Belgium brothers, writing-directing duo, Luc Dardenne and Jean-Pierre Dardenne earned many French film awards. The Dardenne Brothers won the Cannes Film Festival's top award, the Palme d'Or for both "Rosetta" (1999) and "The Son" (2002). Presciently, also in 1996, they wrote and directed "La Promesse," ("The Promise"). It is inspired in cinematic style by Italy's Neo-Realism, French New Wave, and England's 1960s Angry Young Man syndrome. But, unlike Europe's Decadent Marxism and Hollywood's Anti-Hero Fatalism, the Dardenne Brothers' films amazingly inspire hope, while key characters learn moral integrity. As director Jean-Pierre Dardenne explained in a 2005 interview, "We [viewers are] drawn into the story you're never sure where you are, but little by little, clarity comes through." In "The Promise," a coming of age story, young character actor, Jeremie Renier, plays street savvy Igor, 15, working for his step-dad, rough Roger (Olivier Gourmet, another Dardennes' regular). In the human trafficking business, he imports, exports and exploits illegal immigrants as cheap labor, charging exorbitant fees for rent, faulty heat, fake identities, and forged work permits, while evading easily fooled, government inspectors. And an amoral street thug becomes a moral champion. See it, to believe it. Thanks to TCM.

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