It has been waiting for years, this mainstream film that will talk about the Armenian genocide. The wait was even longer in France, since it is one of the last countries to have released on the big screen. From April 11, it will be available on DVD.
The Promise is not intended to be a documentary but is extremely well documented. Through the prism of a love triangle between a young Armenian medical student (Oscar Isaac), an American reporter (Christian Bale) and his Armenian fiancee (Charlotte Le Bon), Terry George embarked on a Hollywood fresco in 1915. Finally! Because more than ever, the maxim of the film is topical: ” Our revenge will survive .”
Michael’s dream, played by Oscar Isaac, is to become a doctor. He leaves the Armenian countryside thanks to the money given by the father of his fiancee to come to Constantinople. And nothing happens as he could have imagined. ” Terry George wanted to make a classic movie, so it would be easy to get into it. That sounds familiar, while the genocide story is not at all, “says Oscar Isaac.
The one who has been seen as a Jedi, an X-Men or Llewyn Davis plays perfectly this Armenian lost between his contrary feelings – the reason pushes him towards his fiancée, the passion towards woman totally opposed – and the horror of the situation that he has to face – fortunately, he can count on his friend of the medical school, a Just who rebels against the actions of his family … Of what there to see a point of optimism, as Oscar Isaac points out: ” Even today, all over the world, atrocities are repeated again, and again, and again. The film conveys a hopeful message, which is particularly needed at the moment, especially with what can be seen about the treatment of refugees . “
Director Terry George © Claire Barbuti.
” I think cinema is the most effective medium for educating, ” said Terry George when The Promise was released , which ultimately only lasted a few days in movie programming . With this DVD release, the opportunity is there to try to show this didactic film and moving to the greatest number.