The Wait

In the vast rooms of a beautiful Sicilian villa, Anna receives an unexpected guest. Twenty-something Jeanne has arrived from France, declaring herself to be the girlfriend of Anna’s son, Giuseppe, who has invited her to the house to spend Easter together. But this is news to Anna, and Guiseppe is not yet there...


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  • ★★★★½ review by vee on Letterboxd

    honestly shocked it took me this long to discover this film given that it includes

    a) gorgeous, thematically rich shots that are skilfully woven into a compelling narrative

    b) a scene where a woman stares moodily out of the window of an italian mansion while she listens to hip hop

  • ★★★★ review by javad shams on Letterboxd

    تصویری از زمان

  • ★★★★ review by maddie on Letterboxd


  • ★★★★ review by Jeremy Leung on Letterboxd

    TIFF 2015 Film #6

    Heartbreaking...the dramatic tension in The Wait is like a wound-up elastic band just waiting to be released and alleviated for the entire run time of this tragic story. Binoche once again finds herself in a meaty and substantial role of sadness; deftly handling numerous emotions on her facial muscles like no other actress working today. A sense of live-theatricality abounds between her and her co-star Lou De Laâge, as an unraveling of denial, guilt, desperation and heartbreak happens all within confined spaces in a Sicilian home. At times I had wished for more subtlety in its telling (the score is a tad too swelling and exaggerated during key moments, surprisingly similar to Sorrentino's Youth, of whom Messina worked with in the past) but nonetheless there are some breathtaking moments of acting and cinematography to treasure here.

  • ★★★★ review by 🕸 on Letterboxd

    the dancing sequence where Waiting for The Miracle by leonard cohen was playing in the background,,, poetic cinema

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