Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Review of 'The Promise'

Sad if conventional film (centred around a a love triangle, but with other characters and events too) about the Armenian Genocide during WW1. I'd been sort of aware of this, and even of some of the details (communities being marched into the desert to die), but it is striking how watching a film with identifiable characters actually makes it come alive and feel relevant. In other contexts some of what we see in the film would certainly be regarded as war crimes, but that just didn't happen after WW1.

There were some details of which I hadn't been aware, like the evacuation of Armenians from the Mediterranean coast by the French Navy. Which made me realise that I'm a bit confused about where Armenian communities lived in the Ottoman Empire - clearly not just in Caucasus region.

Watched on Amazon Prime video.

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