Promises Les Promesses

by Thomas Kruithof

France
2021
98 min
French OV
Feature film
Fiction
Color
DCP

Thomas Kruithof and Reda Kateb will be attending

Out of Competition 2021

Official synopsis

Clémence, the fearless mayor of a town near Paris, is completing the final term of her political career. With her faithful right-hand man Yazid, she has long fought for this town plagued by poverty, unemployment and slumlords. However, when Clémence is approached to become Minister, her ambition arises, questioning her devotion and commitment to her citizens. Will her political integrity and election promises survive her new-found ambition?

The programmer’s eye

This second feature film by Thomas Kruithof is an exciting and breathtaking drama, which delivers a fine and well-informed political analysis of a suburban town mayor’s daily life. At the core of a complex process and a scenario drawn in perfectly straight lines around the theme of housing, the audience is able to understand the balance of power that is established between the different characters. The sumptuous duo of actors, Isabelle Huppert and Reda Kateb, gives the film all its dramatic intensity. — Natacha Seweryn

Biography and Filmography

Thomas Kruithof is 45 years old and lives in Paris. In 2013, he wrote and directed the short film “Undocumented”, a social thriller set in a detention center. In 2017, he directed “The Eavesdropper”, his first feature film, a spy thriller starring François Cluzet, Denis Podalydès and Sami Bouajila.

2021 - PROMISES - Thomas Kruithof - Director, screenwriter
2016 - THE EAVESDROPPER - Thomas Kruithof - Director, screenwriter
2014 - LA COLLECTION (Short) - Emmanuel Blanchard - Screenwriter
2013 - RÉTENTION (Short) - Thomas Kruithof - Director, screenwriter

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de Thomas Kruithof

Thomas Kruithof is 45 years old and lives in Paris. In 2013, he wrote and directed the short film “Undocumented”, a social thriller set in a detention center. In 2017, he directed “The Eavesdropper”, his first feature film, a spy thriller starring François Cluzet, Denis Podalydès and Sami Bouajila.

2021 - PROMISES - Thomas Kruithof - Director, screenwriter
2016 - THE EAVESDROPPER - Thomas Kruithof - Director, screenwriter
2014 - LA COLLECTION (Short) - Emmanuel Blanchard - Screenwriter
2013 - RÉTENTION (Short) - Thomas Kruithof - Director, screenwriter