1h 40min | Suspense | Release Date: 4.01.2008
NOMINATED FOR 3 GOLDEN GLOBES!
BEST FILM (DRAMA)
BEST ACTOR (DRAMA) - VIGGO MORTENSEN
BEST SCORE - HOWARD SHORE
EASTERN PROMISES is the new thriller that reteams acclaimed director David Cronenberg with his „A History of Violence“ leading man Viggo Mortensen. As in the earlier film, director and star together explore the psyche, physicality, and fortunes of a man whose true nature may never be wholly revealed. The mysterious and charismatic Russian-born Nikolai Luzhin (Mr. Mortensen) is a driver for one of London’s most notorious organized crime families of Eastern European origin. Headed by Semyon (Armin Mueller-Stahl), whose courtly charm as the welcoming proprietor of the plush restaurant impeccably masks a cold and brutal core, the family’s fortunes are tested by Semyon’s volatile son and enforcer, Kirill (Vincent Cassel), who is more tightly bound to Nikolai than to his own father. But Nikolai’s carefully maintained existence is jarred once he crosses paths with Anna Khitrova (Naomi Watts), a midwife at a North London hospital. Anna is deeply affected by the desperate situation of a young teenager who dies while giving birth to a baby. The girl’s personal diary survives her; it is written in Russian, and Anna seeks answers in it. By doing that, Anna has accidentally unleashed the full fury of Nikolai’s employers. He unexpectedly finds his loyalties divided. Who can, or should, he trust? Several lives - including his own - hang in the balance as a harrowing chain of murder, deceit, and retribution reverberates through the darkest corners of both the family and London itself.
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