Una Promessa screens virtually nationwide from 5/31 to 6/5.
The De Serio brothers bring their background in documentary to bear in their fictional latest, a low-key humanist drama about class, parenthood, and getting by in a world of casual tragedy and chaos. Salvatore Esposito stars as Giuseppe, a half-blind laborer in southern Italy whose wife suddenly passes, leaving him to raise their son Antò solo. Giuseppe assures Antò that his mother will miraculously rise from the dead—but how can he deliver on this impossible promise? In their gripping chronicle of a father’s attempts to draw water from a stone, the De Serios unsurprisingly are also consumed with socioeconomic circumstances, painting a moving parable about working-class survival.