UK Jewish Film: Promise at Dawn

UK Jewish Film: Promise at Dawn

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  • Wed 26 Jun
  • 131 minutes
  • Director: Eric Barbier
  • Cast: Pierre Niney, Charlotte Gainsbourg
  • Belgium/France (2017)
  • This film is subtitled


Charlotte Gainsbourg shines as a Jewish mother in this powerful adaptation of Romain Gary’s memoir.

Believing in his potential from infancy and relentlessly pushing him to fulfil it, she was instrumental in her son becoming one of France’s 20th century literary giants. Although she is often delusional, her resourcefulness saves them from destitution in Lithuania and takes them to their promised land, France. Heartbreaking and funny in equal measure, Promise at Dawn is an ode to mother-child relationships – specifically Jewish yet universally relatable.