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If you’ve been wondering exactly what Alan Rickman’s been up to since he took off the curly wig and stopped checking the floor for dog mess as Hilly Krystal in CBGB, he’s gone back to what he does best. Buttoned-up and starchy men whose passions are buried far beneath a crusty outer shell of respectability.
Look! He’s doing it here, in the trailer for A Promise, in which he plays Karl Hoffmeister, a somewhat stiff, but respected owner of a failing factory in pre-WWI Germany. Concerned for the future, he hires a young man called Ludwig (played by Game of Thrones star Richard Madden) to help take over his more energetic duties.
Sadly, Ludwig finds himself irresistibly drawn to Hoffmeister’s young wife Charlotte (Rebecca Hall), especially after he takes on the role of live-in tutor to her young child. It’s at this point that history intervenes, and propriety is stretched to the very limits:
A Promise is adapted from Stefan Zweig’s novel Journey Into The Past, and is directed by French director Patrice Leconte, making his English language debut.
Keep an eye out for a U.S. release date, as the film opens in France this spring.
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Fraser has been writing and broadcasting about music and popular culture for over 15 years, first at the Top of the Pops website, and most recently for the NME, Guardian and MSN. He also wrote BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog and reviews albums for BBC Radio 2.
He is Anglophenia's current resident Brit, blogging about British slang and running around the Mall taking snaps of the crowd at the Royal Wedding, as well as reigniting a childhood passion for classic Doctor Who and cramming as much music in as he can manage.
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