Having premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 11, 2016, The Promise was one of the most anticipated movies of 2017. Luckily for us, it was released across the US today.
The Promise is a historical drama film that was directed by Terry George, and it stars Christian Bale, Charlotte Le Bon, and Oscar Isaac. The movie is about a love triangle that develops between an Armenian medical student Mikael, who is portrayed by Oscar Isaac, an American journalist name Chris (played by Bale) and an Armenian-born woman, Ana, who grew up in France. The story itself takes place during the final years of the Ottoman Empire, and during the Armenian Genocide.
Mikael, and Ana, sharing their Armenian heritage, immediately connect. This causes conflict between Mikael and Chris (Ana’s boyfriend). However, as the Ottoman Empire descends into a war-torn chaos, they must join forces to get themselves and their people to safety.
One person said that the film was “was extremely moving” and that it was rich with history in regards to the genocide of the Armenians by the Ottoman Turks. A history that is not well known.
The Armenian Genocide took place from 24 April 1915 until 1917 where an approximated 1.5 million Armenians were systematically exterminated by the Ottoman government, and its successor state, The Republic of Turkey.
The Promise is a powerful movie, that shows much of what the Armenians went through during the genocide, and it is also rife with love, fate, and destiny. Definitely a movie that is not to be missed.
Check out the trailer and interviews below.
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