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Horrible human tragedies — unthinkable calamities involving millions of people — dwarf everything else. If you have a movie about the Holocaust or, as in the case of “The Promise,” the Armenian genocide, the historical event takes precedence. To take unimaginable human suffering and combine it with the standard conventions of movie fiction somehow feels discordant, at best; and at worst, grotesque. “The Promise,” directed by Terry George, is hardly grotesque, but by the end, it feels like a failed manipulation as it tries to make us care about fictional character while remembering the real-life horrors of the Ottoman government’s murder of 1.5 million Armenians in the 1910s.