The Wait (L'attesa) Reviews

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August 2, 2019
L'attesa (The Wait) is 35-year-old Piero Messina's first feature film as director, and the young Italian shows a capable hand at visual storytelling.
January 2, 2017
You may very well find L'attesa's premise absurd. But the actresses' finessed portrayal of two women peeling away niceties to reach a truth elevates the script till you forget your irritation over its whys and stay transfixed by its hows.
December 21, 2016
It curiously examines the odd way a mother mourns the loss of her son.
December 13, 2016
Messina stages events with a muted elegance, making a lot of the silence that serve as route markers in this winding conversation between two women at very different stages in life.
December 6, 2016
It's all very sophisticated in aesthetic conception and execution, though fairly blunt in its emotional message.
August 29, 2016
Visually splendid but its drama leaves you indifferent. [Full review in Spanish]
August 12, 2016
Breathtaking. [Full review in Spanish]
July 8, 2016
A good deal of the pleasure to be derived from The Wait comes from watching two strong actresses at different stages of their careers bounce off the other.
July 7, 2016
Full of striking images, especially of Catholic rituals and darkened, palatial rooms backlit with despair. But the core concept is kind of stupid.
July 4, 2016
The result is a film whose narrative minimalism may frustrate, but whose core performances and visual majesty convey all that's left unsaid.
July 1, 2016
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.
June 29, 2016
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
The Wait is a wilfully enigmatic drama so concerned with covering its tracks that it sometimes forgets which way is forward.
June 24, 2016
The film is well crafted and consummately acted, but it's all pretty hollow.
June 23, 2016
Piero Messina keeps his simple story, loosely based on two plays by Luigi Pirandello, muted and equivocal.
June 22, 2016
for those who study its surfaces, there is breath and wind and wonder in its Sicilian settings and its human shape atop its blunt Christian symbolism. And across Binoche's features, there is life and time itself.
June 3, 2016
Messina directs the melancholic story with artful delicacy, turning sorrow and pity into something sublime, right down to the heartbreaking final shot.
May 12, 2016
The lead actresses, like the story, work in subtle ways. There's plenty of potency in small gestures, anecdotes and shared glances.
May 5, 2016
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
"L'Attesa" - also known as "The Wait" - is atmospheric and moody, serious and full of portent; and if it weren't so good, it would probably be unbearable.
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