A Promise

A Promise

Available on iTunes, SBS On Demand
Germany, 1912. Friedrich Zeitz (Richard Madden), a freshly graduated engineer with modest origins, becomes the right hand of aging tycoon Karl Hoffmeister (Alan Rickman). When Hoffmeister’s degrading health condition starts to confine him permanently to his house, Friedrich has to visit him at home to get briefed. Thus Friedrich makes the acquaintance of Hoffmeister’s younger wife Charlotte (Rebecca Hall), a beautiful and reserved woman in her early 30s. He immediately becomes enamored with her and struggles with his growing unrequited feelings for her, not realizing they are reciprocated. Just as they disclose their mutual attraction towards one another, Friedrich has to leave the country to oversee Hoffmeister mines in Mexico. Separated by an ocean, they exchange passionate letters while awaiting the day that will reunite them. Then, on the verge of his return to Germany, World War I erupts. Allmaritime travel between South Americaand Europe is suspended. His belovedpines away for his return. Eight yearslater, with millions dead andEurope in ruins, the exilereturns, to his homelandand to the woman he hopeshas been waiting for him.But has their love survived thebrutal passage of time?
Starring Rebecca Hall, Alan Rickman, Richard Madden
Director Patrice Leconte