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Waiting for Happiness (Heremakono) (2003)

Waiting for Happiness (Heremakono)




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Movie Info

In a lonely seaside village that functions mainly as a transit point, themes of belonging, departure, immobility, rootlessness, tradition and transientness are explored. The feeling of serenity of the villagers home keep at bay their overall isolation and solitude.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Abderrahmane Sissako
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 11, 2007
New Yorker Films


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Critic Reviews for Waiting for Happiness (Heremakono)

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (6)

Manages to delight without much of a story.

April 4, 2003
New York Post
Top Critic

Though talk in the film often turns to death, Khatra's enthusiasm and love of life keep the movie surprisingly upbeat.

February 21, 2003
Detroit Free Press
Top Critic

A film that will be best appreciated by those willing to endure its extremely languorous rhythms, Waiting for Happiness is ultimately thoughtful without having much dramatic impact.

November 22, 2002
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Takes you by the face, strokes your cheeks and coos beseechingly at you: slow down, shake off your tensions and take this picture at its own breezy, distracted rhythms.

Full Review… | October 7, 2002
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 16, 2003
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Audience Reviews for Waiting for Happiness (Heremakono)


This African film is boring by design, as it reflects a community trapped by borders both physical and psychological. Like the characters, it lacks a clear goal or much kineticism, but it is nonetheless a well-made depiction of human beings in stasis.

Sam Barnett
Sam Barnett

Super Reviewer


"Maybe waiting is actually happiness"

Arash Xak

Super Reviewer

An interesting movie that centralizes on a small village where certain individuals are dealing with various emotions: loneliness, unhappiness, and the need to belong. A college student returns home, and feels like an outcast. A mother hopes that her only son will want to settle, and feel comfortable at home. A young boy seeks to learn the trade of his mentor. An individual missing the companionship of an old friend who left years before.
Cast- Mohamed Mahmoud Ould Mohamed, Khatra Ould Abdel Kader, Maata Ould Mohamed Abeid, and Nana Diakité. Worthy!

Leo L

Super Reviewer

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