La promesse

(Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne, 1996). Somewhere in dankest Belgium, a quick-thinking urchin and his harried slob of a father are warehousing illegal immigrants. Just as this infusion has revitalized Euro-cinema's neo-realist impulse, so the Dardennes use the family’s sordid scam as the catalyst for the boy’s moral awakening. This terrific little movie distills an array of moral problems into one supercharged metaphor for patriotism and the fatherland.
Sun., May 31, 6 p.m.; Tue., June 2, 2:15 & 6:30 p.m.; Mon., June 29, 6:40 p.m., 2009


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