"The promise" is an amazing mini-serie contemplating 60 years, multiple actors, and multiple viewpoints in one of the most crisis-prone areas of the planet. The level of quality of this production is quite incredible, and its end leaves many viewers in an intense thinking mode (which most probably was the objective of the director Peter Kosminsky). The script, divided between two periods separated by 60 years, is extremely sophisticated (there are a few slight coincidences but this does not flash during the viewing, and life has coincidences too). Very efficient cutting. The photography is absolutely remarkable. The commentary indicates that everything (including the few British scenes) was filmed in Israel. It shows in the photography. The beauty of the light, the greens, the stones is everywhere, generating the kind of contrast that was striking in "The thin red line". The actors are brilliant, especially Christian Cooke and Claire Foy. The latter succeeds particulary in the description of a very complex character (egoistic in some ways, chaotic, contradictory, not always rational and though all this sympathetic). The soundtrack (Debbie Wiseman) is also outstanding. This is simply the kind of production that shows very clearly that some of most brilliant movies do not come any more in the movie theaters. Nothing is simple in the Israel/Palestine question. This is still visible at the dawn of 2012, with the threats and rumors of possible Israeli bombings in Iran. One can but hope that some people will find one day the moral strength of making the same kind of peace that the Europeans finally made after so many wars. In this perspective, we could hardly find a better accessible, subtile, striking, human, balanced introductory reflection than "The promise".