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Promises Written in Water (2010)

Unrated | | Drama | 7 September 2010 (Italy)
Promises Written in Water is an extremely stripped down abstract romantic story of a man and a woman, both in crisis. Kevin (Vincent Gallo) is a long-time, professional assassin, ... See full summary »

Director:

Vincent Gallo

Writer:

Vincent Gallo (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Vincent Gallo ... Kevin
Delfine Bafort Delfine Bafort ... Mallory
Hope Tomaselli Hope Tomaselli ... Dead Girl
Lisa Love Lisa Love ... Grieving Woman
Sage Stallone ... The Mafioso
Brenda Epperson ... Mortician
Livia Treviño ... Dead Girl's Mother (as Livia Trevino)
Patrick O'Connor ... Dead Girl's Father
Nathalie Love ... Waitress
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Promises Written in Water is an extremely stripped down abstract romantic story of a man and a woman, both in crisis. Kevin (Vincent Gallo) is a long-time, professional assassin, specializing in the termination of life. Mallory (Delfine Bafort) is a wild, poetic, beautiful young woman confronting her terminal illness and eventual suicide. She reaches out to Kevin to take responsibility for her corpse once she passes, requesting his protection of her dead body's dignity until her cremation. Kevin's acceptance of this request causes uncomfortable self-reflection and changes the lens through which he views death. Written by Production

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Drama

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Country:

USA

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English

Release Date:

7 September 2010 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

The Funeral Director See more »

Filming Locations:

Altadena, California, USA See more »

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$500,000 (estimated)
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Mono

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1.66 : 1
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Included among the "Legendary Top 1000 Films List", by cinematographer Sean Price Williams. See more »

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Referenced in La última película (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Hello Sadness, Goodbye Love
Written and performed by Vincent Gallo
Courtesy of Vincent Gallo Music
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watch it as you would your favorite painting
8 September 2010 | by trouveriteSee all my reviews

the best thing about promises written in water is how it reveals the narcissism, not in the director, but in consumers of cinema today. by presenting an impressionistic cycle of events that belie the richness of love beyond the walls of a cinema and providing the opportunity for an audience to re-experience them purely empathically--anyone with whom the events do not resonate is just expressing both an inability to empathize and the personal tragedy of never having accidentally loved in the absurd way that love should exist. everyone knows asking an audience to think about anything is hard. we now know that asking them to recognize their own vulnerability is even harder.


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