The Promise [Blu-ray]
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• Behind the scenes
• Filming in Israel 1940s
• Filming in Israel 2005
• Meet the 1940's cast
• Meet the cast 2005
• Casting the actors
• Visual effects
• Audio commentary with director Peter Kosminsky (episode one & deleted scenes)
• Deleted scenes
Claire Foy (Little Dorrit) and Christian Cooke (Cemetery Junction) lead an international cast, including Itay Tiran (Lebanon), Haaz Sleiman (The Visitor), Ali Sulaiman (Paradise Now) and Perdita Weeks (Lost in Austen), in Peter Kosminsky's new four-part drama serial.
Just as 18-year-old Londoner Erin (Foy) sets off to spend summer in Israel with her best friend, Eliza (Weeks), she unearths an old diary belonging to her seriously ill grandfather, Len (Cooke). Intrigued by the life of this old man she barely knows, she takes the diary with her, and is stunned to learn of his part in the post-WWII British peace-keeping force in what was then Palestine.Left to her own devices when Eliza begins National Service in the Israeli army, Erin witnesses the complexities of life--for both Jews and Arabs--in this troubled land. And as Len's story comes to life from the pages of the diary, Erin discovers the disturbing truths about his time in Palestine and the atrocities he witnessed in the 1940s.
Retracing Len's steps in modern-day Israel, Erin sets out on a heart-breaking journey in an effort to understand and fulfil a promise made by her grandfather over 60 years ago.
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I didn't find the programme biased as many did. For me it showed very strongly that people are people, and to divide each other with hate and fear is a sad truth which has blighted humanity for eons. It showed the human anger and fear of both sides of the conflict, and the sad truth of man's cruelty to our fellow man, which can happen everywhere given the opportunity. It made us think, and this is never a bad thing. It took courage to venture into such a tragic situation, and showed rights and wrongs on both sides.
I found the final episode so thought provoking that it will be a long time before I can stop thinking about it. We see these events taking place on the news and make comments on a subject we know little of. Perhaps those of us watching this will allow our thoughts to be more open, not to one side or the other, but to the tragedy of both.
The series is superbly and clearly shot with lots of dramatic action in both timelines. The narrative moves thru' so many locations and these are expertly chosen, or re-created for the 1940s events.
In fact the dual timeline, never easy really, worked perfectly for me, never over-staying with either of the two main characters, Erin and her grandfather.
The story is told thru' these two people, and the casting of these key roles, so critical, was expertly achieved; Claire Foy as the grand-daughter - brilliant as 'Little Dorritt' - shows she can also be a convincing modern-day miss, and Christian Cooke as her grandfather never puts a foot wrong as an honest British Tommy who's let down by everyone, including his own family subsequently.
It's a moving story that requires plenty of Kleenex. You've been warned
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A well made, well acted story that grabs your attention right from the start. This is an interesting and thought provoking viewing experience that I highly recommend.Published on 12 Dec. 2011 by Joereed77