The Wait (L'attesa) Reviews

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 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.
April 29, 2016
Despite its intimacy, the film doesn't generate much emotional resonance.
April 28, 2016
L'Attesa makes its audience wait but without enough of a reason for them to want to.
April 28, 2016
What should be the movie's emotional core gets frittered away in mind games.
April 27, 2016
[Binoche] somehow makes even her long stretches of silence ring clamorously; her minimalist gestures are always maximized and engorged. Binoche's hushed histrionics, though, are of a piece with the fruity portentousness of L'Attesa ...
April 26, 2016
Messina doesn't aim for straight realism, soaking his stylized film in slow motion and religious iconography. But the human behavior on display is hard to credit regardless.
April 25, 2016
It's bedecked with religious themes and iconography that add up to little more than gorgeous window-dressing.
March 23, 2016
The Wait's screenplay by the director, Giacomo Bendotti, Iliaria Macchia and Andrea Paolo Massara (a loose adaptation of a Pirandello play) is too unsubstantial and ultimately a little silly.
February 21, 2016
L'attesa evokes feelings associated with bereavement effectively but has nothing substantial to add to the whole psychology of loss.