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Promise, A (12A)

Drama, Romance

A romantic drama set in Germany just before WWI and centered on a married woman who falls in love with her husband's protégé. Separated first by duties and then by the war, they pledge their devotion to one another.

The critical consensus

If you only watch one Stefan Zweig-inspired film this year, watch The Grand Budapest Hotel. If you watch two, see The Grand Budapest Hotel twice. Awful.

*(*)(*)(*)(*)David Hughes, Empire Online, 28/07/2014

Gabriel Yared’s score works hard to rouse emotion but when the most exciting scene involves a rat, the erotic frisson clearly isn’t happening.

**(*)(*)(*)Kevin Harley, Total Film, 28/07/2014

The result is as inoffensive as living room wallpaper, though that’s hardly a recommendation.

***(*)(*)James Mottram, The List, 29/07/2014

The film slips into a tasteful coma of its own making.

*(*)(*)(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 31/07/2014

Where and when?

Glasgow Film Theatre, Glasgow from Friday August 1, 2014, until Thursday August 7, 2014. More info:

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