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The Promise (La Promesa) (2004)

 Ana Fernández, Juan Margallo  Carmen Maura , Héctor Carré  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors:  Ana Fernández, Juan Margallo  Carmen Maura
  • Directors: Héctor Carré
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled, Surround Sound
  • Language: Spanish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: TLA Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: August 13, 2004
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00097E708
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #367,293 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Promise (La Promesa)" on IMDb

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Carmen Maura, the premiere leading lady of the Spanish screen, has a field day with her role of a runaway housewife who hears murderous voices in this riveting psychological thriller. A tired marriage, the lack of affection of an insensible and aggressive husband, no children and fanatical religious practices are the pillars that maintain the tormented life of Gregoria (played by Carmen Maura: Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown). One day a housepainter drops dead at her doorstep, but before his fatal moments, he lifts Gregoria's spirits with a new hope and destiny by telling her of an idyllic village. After changing her name and identity to Celia, she moves to this village to be the nanny to the son of a wealthy, dysfunctional family. But then one day, she encounters the same man who tells Celia that the house is haunted and she needs to save the child from his parents the way she saved herself from her husband! Will this tormented soul fall victim to her paranoia and unmask the true danger?

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  • The Promise Original Trailer
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LA PROMESA: The Spanish Way with Gothic Thrillers June 26, 2005
Some of the most intellectually terrifying films, stories that are imbued with religious symbolism, mysticism, and surrealism, are products of Spanish filmmakers and LA PROMESA is no exception. Writer/Director Héctor Carré finds just the right amount of credibility in the prelude to his psychological thriller to make the following strange events teeter on that thin line of delusion and reality.

Gregoria (the redoubtable Carmen Maura) is a fragile woman, married to an abusive, unfaithful husband Roberto (Juan Francisco Margallo) and is confined to her house by order of her husband who taunts her for being barren. She is fanatically religious, obsessive compulsive, and walking closely to the abyss of insanity. Strange visions and incidents happen: in one instance she witness the fall of a housepainter who despite a fracture of the skull tells Gregoria of his perfect little hometown in Galicia, a story that opens Gregoria's hopes for a better life. How she manages to depart her miserable life for Galicia involves an incident with her husband that for the sake of the viewers needs to remain occult.

In Galicia she changes her name to Celia, saves a small boy Daniel (Santiago Barón) from an accident, and because of her courageous act observed by the boy's mother Dorita (Ana Fernández) she is invited to the palatial estate where she ultimately gains employment as a maid and nanny - with some reservations from the boy's father Leandro (Evaristo Calvo) who sees Celia's dark side. Celia and Daniel become devoted to each other and Daniel introduces Celia to the strange 'hauntings' of the house and community and reveals the strained relationship of his parents.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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This is an excellent psychological thriller from Spain. It stars the veteran Carmen Maura, one of Spain's finest actresses. Maura plays a meek, overly religious housewife who has lived for years under the thumb of an abusive husband. One day she cracks, sticks a knife in him, packs her bags and flees to Galicia. There she befriends a little boy whom she saves from being run over by a truck. His grateful mother gives her a job as their housemaid. More than a little unhinged, constantly praying and talking to God, she believes the child and mother are being tormented by the authoritarian father. After all, aren't all men the same? Urged on by unseen voices, she takes it upon herself to save the family. Will it end with murder? Half the time we can't be sure what we're seeing is true or a product of her crazed mind. It is wonderfully riveting. Savour the multiple twists at the end. Deliciously warped.

"La Promesa" was shot in the picturesque province of Galicia on the northwestern coast of Spain. The photography lovingly captures its verdant green hills, azure blue seas, towering cliffs, dark woods and rolling mists. TLA Releasing has produced an excellent DVD with the film transferred in its original 2.35:1 widescreen (enhanced for widescreen TV). The picture quality is splendid with bright vibrant colors, good blacks levels and natural skintones. The source print is pristine with no dirt or defects to speak of. Sound is in the original Spanish 2.0 stereo or Dolby 5.1 remix. Optional English subtitles are provided. There is a 19 minute long "Making Of' featurette, the original theatrical trailer and four other trailers of TLA releases. Thoroughly enjoyable and warmly recommended.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Psychological Thriller without Thrills July 24, 2008
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A Spanish "thriller" that lacks thrills but is a well played story. The film itself is visually compellling, the acting above mediocre, but the plot rather thin.

No Alfred Hitchcock, and certainly not memorable, this film, La Promesa is an okay way to spend 2 forgettable hours.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Reasonably good. June 2, 2011
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I bought this film simply because I discovered that Carmen Maura was in it.

Other reviewers have provided a good synopsis of the movie so no need for a repeat.

I will only add that I thought this movie was a bit long and possibly due to her role and/or dialogue I did not feel the magic that I usually do when watching Carmen Maura perform. She is one of my favorite actresses but this movie lacked somewhat.

If an unknown actress played this role the film would probably not be worth seeing. Carmen helped make the movie work but I felt as though this role pulled her down.
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