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Promises (15) – 29th French Film Festival UK 2021

Language: French
Year: 2021

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(Les Promesses)

The second feature by Thomas Kruithof (The Eavesdropper), starring Isabelle Huppert and Reda Kateb dives into the world of top down politics and political power games ahead of local mayoral elections in a tough Parisian suburb. It exposes the unavoidable Machiavellian clash between personal ambition and campaign promises. The main protagonists are the Mayor Clémence (Huppert) and her principal private secretary Yazid (Kateb). The former, once a doctor, is reaching the end of her second term and plans to hand the reins over to her deputy during the next election which is now on the horizon. The latter, hailing from a poorer local neighbourhood, hopes to broaden his horizons following the retirement “of his much-admired boss” by continuing his ascent within the capital. The pair have one last challenge on their hands: to secure €63m in subsidies in order to save the Bernardins estate and its many thousands of dwellings. 

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