Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne
Publication Year: 2010
Published by: University of Illinois Press
Series: Contemporary Film Directors
Preface and Acknowledgments
La promesse follows the struggles of Assita, an undocumented Burkinabe immigrant in Belgium. In several scenes she carries a boxy shopping bag with thick vertical stripes of red, white, and blue. It is made of cheap, fibrous nylon, can be bought at discount stores, and is meant...
Encounters Through a Frame
When La promesse was revealed at the Cannes festival in 1996, it was hailed as a startlingly original breakthrough film. Audiences particularly noted its stark but hopeful depiction of Seraing, the disaffected suburb of Liège, where the Dardenne brothers filmed. It is, however, still...
Interview with Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne
I leave the reader with a slightly abridged interview (translation mine) conducted in June 1999 by Bernard Benoliel and Serge Toubiana for Les cahiers du cinéma, after the release of Rosetta. In it, the brothers give a detailed description of how they work with actors and crew. They...