We haven't been to the cinema for ages and then in the same month we were lucky enough to get free tickets for two screenings ! We enjoyed the first very much so were looking forward to the next one !
We went last night to see "The Promise". The story concerns what happens to 3 people who are caught up in the chaos of the collapse of the Ottoman Empire and the consequences for Armenia and those who identify as Armenian. This is not a part of history that I know very well at all and so I was intrigued to know more about it. I know that the film has not been well received in Turkey and that also made me interested to see what the fuss was about.
It is a film which only adults should see as it deals, in some detail, with the consequences of war and displacement. It shows that there are echoes of the past in world events that we see around us today and this is a film that anyone who does not know much about what happened to Armenians in 1915 should probably go and see. Towards the end I found my self wondering whether it was all true, but right at the end of the film they show photographs and give historical facts which can be checked.
This was not a 'good' or amusing night out, but the film is well made and if the job of mass entertainment is to sometimes make us think rather than laugh than this film did that and more. MrShoestring and I agreed that it is very well-made and is a film that you 'should' go and see. It is not as graphic as 'Schindler's List' which I cannot go and see, but it is certainly shocking, gripping and very, very sad. So, not one for a birthday night out, but as one to talk about, it is a winner !