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Issue: Winter 2016

The Wait aka L'attesa (2015) movie review

Two Women, One Man




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Movie poster, The Wait aka L'attesa

Two women wait for a young man who will never arrive. Debut feature from Italian wunderkind Piero Messina, who previously worked as assistant director on Paolo Sorrentino's Oscar-winning The Great Beauty.

There are films that are called dramas, but they are more like explorations of an emotion or a situation.

The Wait is such a film. Anna (Juliette Binoche) is a grief stricken mother. When the girlfriend (Lou de Laâge) of her son arrives expecting to meet him, Anna does not tell the girl that he is not coming.

The result is a beautifully performed situation with a gentle tension.

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Jeanne (Lou de Laâge) and Anna (Juliette Binoche) in The Wait (courtesy Indigo Film)

Awards: Festival du Film Italien de Villerupt Amilcar de la critique, 72 Venice International Film Festival Special Mention FEDIC, Special Mention SIGNIS, Leoncino d'Oro Agiscuola award (Student's prize).

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by Ali Kayn
Australian release 30 June 2016
US release 29 Apr 2016
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Just the facts:

Title: The Wait aka L'attesa (2015)
Written by: Luigi Pirandello (play) ; Giacomo Bendotti & Ilaria Macchia & Andrea Paolo Massara & Piero Messina (scr)
Directed by: Piero Messina
Running time: 99 mins
Rating: M

The Players: Juliette Binoche, Lou de Laâge, Giorgio Colangeli

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