La Vie Promise

Overview

Sylvia (Isabelle Huppert) is a 40-year-old prostitute who works on the streets in Nice. Her teenage daughter Laurence (Maud Forget), whom she had abandoned years before, visits her apartment unexpectedly while Sylvia is being beaten by two thugs. One of the thugs is killed in the resulting melee, and the two women flee to the French countryside. Sylvia tries to find her ex-husband with whom she had a son, and her daughter tries to connect with her despite Sylvia's reluctance. They meet the mysterious fugitive ...
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Overview

Sylvia (Isabelle Huppert) is a 40-year-old prostitute who works on the streets in Nice. Her teenage daughter Laurence (Maud Forget), whom she had abandoned years before, visits her apartment unexpectedly while Sylvia is being beaten by two thugs. One of the thugs is killed in the resulting melee, and the two women flee to the French countryside. Sylvia tries to find her ex-husband with whom she had a son, and her daughter tries to connect with her despite Sylvia's reluctance. They meet the mysterious fugitive Joshua (Pascal Greggory) who joins them. Meanwhile, Sylvia confronts her troubled past and tries to make sense of her life.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Todd Kristel
Despite fine performances by Isabelle Huppert and the rest of the cast, La Vie Promise doesn't quite jell as a movie. It seems promising at first because of its relatively unsentimental view of Sylvia (Huppert); the filmmakers are not afraid to show her being so cold and hard around her daughter that you're not always sure if it's just an act to hide her vulnerability. Not surprisingly, the film reveals that there is an emotionally fragile person lurking beneath her steely surface, but the movie manages to maintain a sense of mystery about who's really hiding under her skin. Unfortunately, the film's plot isn't all that special; the movie gets bogged down in road movie clichés, and Sylvia's voyage of self-discovery seems a bit too pat at the end. Also, the movie skimps on the background for both her daughter Laurence (Maud Forget) and road buddy Joshua (Pascal Greggory), who remains an underdeveloped character. But the cinematography and performances are impressive, and Huppert is reason enough to watch this movie, although not quite enough to compensate for its flaws.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/20/2007
  • UPC: 843171005258
  • Original Release: 2002
  • Rating:

  • Source: First Run Features
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Subtitled
  • Time: 1:34:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 73,547

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Isabelle Huppert
Pascal Greggory
Maud Forget
Fabienne Babe
André Marcon
Technical Credits
Olivier Dahan Director
Marco Bardochan Art Director
Olivier Carbone Casting
Antoine Deflandre Sound/Sound Designer
Jean-Pierre Dionnet Associate Producer
Marc Doisne Sound/Sound Designer
Agnes Fustier-Dahan Screenwriter
Mathias Honore Asst. Director
Jean-Paul Hurier Sound/Sound Designer
Alex Lamarque Cinematographer
Gigi Lepage Costumes/Costume Designer
Richard Marizy Editor
Eric Neve Producer
Pascal Villard Sound/Sound Designer
Jerome Wiciak Sound/Sound Designer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Wounded Heart [3:43]
2. My Daughter [3:45]
3. Murder [4:10]
4. On the Run [8:07]
5. Letters [5:34]
6. Cop Car Ride [3:22]
7. Strip Club [3:44]
8. Motel [4:05]
9. Nose Bleed [5:22]
10. Real Name [7:09]
11. Psychiatric Hospital [4:40]
12. Dancing With a Gun [3:41]
13. Looking in the Mirror [4:15]
14. Memory in a Medical File [7:00]
15. Home Again [2:01]
16. Going Barefoot [9:35]
17. Don't Go [2:39]
18. Letter to Yannis [6:33]
1. La Vie Promise [1:53]
2. September 11th [1:33]
3. The Twilight Samurai [1:38]
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