The Waiting City (2009)
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A couple eager to adopt a child find their relationship might not last long enough for them to get their new daughter in this drama from writer and director Claire McCarthy. Fiona (Radha Mitchell) and Ben (Joel Edgerton) are a couple from Australia -- she's a successful, self-starting lawyer while he's a relaxed, easy-going musician. Fiona and Ben want to adopt a child, and have traveled to India for what they imagine will be a quick and simple process. However, once they arrive in Calcutta they
May 31, 2011
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[Director Claire McCarthy] wrings true emotion out of simple moments that audiences will recognise.
Much of the joy of The Waiting City comes from the slow unraveling of the characters relationships, as well as in the gorgeous cinematography of Denson Baker.
The Waiting City is a beautifully crafted bitter-sweet exploration of a functional but near-broken relationship exposed by this perpetually functional but near-broken city.
Too often in The waiting City, there are moments that jar, misjudgments and bad calls in performance and structure that distract from the important process going on here.
Cue the parade of local colour -- women in saris, decaying buildings, sunsets over the Ganges -- and the inevitable transcendental experience.
Unfortunately, courtesy of vacuous scripting and stilted performances, The Waiting City ultimately does precious little to have you caring.
There's more atmosphere than plot in Claire McCarthy's film, but the atmosphere is very strong indeed.
This isn't the best Aussie film of the year but with strong performances and a distinct setting, it warrants your attention.
The Waiting City deals with themes of spiritualism, motherhood and the issue of international adoption, but is ultimately a film about intimate relationships and the stuff that binds them when all else falls away.
Driven by a tremendously honest script and beautiful lead performances, this film marks a major achievement and challenges its audience to consider its themes deeply.
2010 is shaping up to be yet another bumper year for Australian film, and The Waiting City should be a big part of that.
An ambitious debut by Claire McCarthy, in which she tries to find a cohesion between the earthly realities of the subject matter, the complexities of Indian life and the demanding emotional journey of a young married couple
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