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La promesa (2004)

After killing her abusive and unfaithful husband, the religious and schizophrenic housewife Gregoria leaves Madrid and travels to Galicia to visit a church where a stranger told her that ... See full summary »


Héctor Carré


Héctor Carré, José Antonio Félez (contributing writer)
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Cast overview:
Carmen Maura ... Celia
Ana Fernández ... Dorita
Juan Margallo ... Roberto
Santiago Barón Santiago Barón ... Daniel
Evaristo Calvo Evaristo Calvo ... Leandro
Xulio Lago Xulio Lago ... Senén
Luisa Merelas Luisa Merelas ... Felisa
Antonio F. Simón Antonio F. Simón ... Don Damián
Luis Iglesia Luis Iglesia ... Doctor
Víctor Mosqueira Víctor Mosqueira ... Cura
Chete Lera ... Amable




After killing her abusive and unfaithful husband, the religious and schizophrenic housewife Gregoria leaves Madrid and travels to Galicia to visit a church where a stranger told her that everyone should go, dead or alive. When Gregoria arrives, she saves the life of the boy Daniel and his mother Dorita in gratitude invites her to have lunch at her house. Gregoria changes her name to Celia and accepts to work as nanny and chambermaid for Dorita and her dysfunctional husband Leandro. The violent behavior of Leandro triggers an insanity process in the delusional Celia, who is haunted by demons and ghosts while trying to protect Daniel from the evilness of his parents. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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galicia | life change | housemaid | See All (3) »


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Feminism Revised through horror
31 January 2006 | by kobaincitoSee all my reviews

La Promesa is the story of a woman who starts a new life as a nanny in a rich Galician household. The story is presented with what i consider to be a prefix, an introduction to the story which gives reference yet is independent to the whole. It defines the Celia (Gregoria is her real name) character as an abused housewife who leaving behind her tyrannical husband heads on a pilgrimage to a Church in Galicia. Upon arriving she has a chance encounter with a child who has run away from his mother and whom she saves by chance. She is promptly offered a position as nanny of the boy, with minor resistance from the father. It is his growing opposition to maternal rule which turns the woman and child docile and which Celia believing she is their only defender. This the context within which the story takes place. It is a Psychoanalitical thriller about the friction of the clashing dualities of liberation and the maternal instinct within a woman's psyche. The film is fairly loyal to POV, although it allows us to see the seams of Celia/Gregoria's reality. While it isn't the best example of photographic excellence and some post-production glossiness is less than fitting, the aesthetic aspect of the film is at the very least appropriate, leaving the plot alone in driving the viewer's interest. It is another excellent Spannish Thriller about a woman with a very intense reversion of the Oedipus Complex. This is catholicism and psychoanalysis to a very detailed extent, which is made believable by Maura's excellent portrayal but which also asks quite a bit of collaboration from the viewer in terms of adapting to the films own rules' of reality. I thought it excellent, but i do wonder if the film's more visual aspects are sufficient hint for somebody who is not willing to follow the very Spanish intellectual/religious premise.

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Release Date:

13 August 2004 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Galicia, Spain See more »


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EUR2,000,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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