The Wait

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A young woman (Lou de Laâge) waits for the arrival of her boyfriend (Giovanni Anzaldo) in Sicily, but the man's grieving mother (Juliette Binoche) does not tell her that he is dead.

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  • Full of striking images, especially of Catholic rituals and darkened, palatial rooms backlit with despair. But the core concept is kind of stupid.

    July 7, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The Wait is a wait, largely for anything to happen, or to clarify or resolve. In the meantime, Messina, himself Sicilian, offers us various forms of beauty and a touch of madness, set in a large, dark, empty Sicilian villa.

    July 1, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The consolation for having to sit silently urging him to get on with it lies in watching two fine actresses at work.

    June 29, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Piero Messina keeps his simple story, loosely based on two plays by Luigi Pirandello, muted and equivocal.

    June 23, 2016 | Full Review…
  • The lead actresses, like the story, work in subtle ways. There's plenty of potency in small gestures, anecdotes and shared glances.

    May 12, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • We watch Binoche's face, in eloquent, mesmerizing close-up; pain and grief engulf her expression like water flooding into a still pool. She has few words. She doesn't need them.

    May 5, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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