A film by Eric Barbier
Cast: Pierre Niney, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Didier Bourdon
English title : Promise at dawn
From his difficult childhood in Poland to his adolescence under the sun of Nice, to his aviator’s exploits in Africa during the Second World War … Romain Gary lived an extraordinary life. But this eagerness to live a thousand lives, to become a great man and a famous writer, it is to Nina, his mother, that he owes it. It is the crazy love of this endearing and eccentric mother who will make him one of the major novelists of the twentieth century, to life full of twists, passions and mysteries. But this boundless maternal love will also be his burden for life …
From 1920’s Poland in Mexico in the 1950s, from the airfields to the African desert, from pre-war France to London under the bombs, Eric Barbier exploits all the fantastic aspects of the life of Romain Gary to immerse ourselves into the world of Romain Gary. The beautiful chemistry of Gainsbourg and Niney works here it is like ballet it is flows trough their veins. To top it all off beautiful performance between the two. Romain’s mother eccentric and monstrous with incredible energy and strength of character adored her son to death. She wanted him to be somebody. Maybe she pushed him too hard or sometimes suffocate him by her love but she dictated his life at times a bit controlling. There are double promises here that both has to hold. Romain has seen her mother humiliated and he wants to avenge her. The cinematography and the decor are outstanding from Poland, to Africa, Nice France, and England the director has nailed it on the dot. The film offers a eulogy of will, tolerance and heroism with melancholy and humour. Did either of them hold their promises? Well you will have to see this beautiful film.