The Wait (L'attesa) Reviews

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 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 23, 2016
Piero Messina keeps his simple story, loosely based on two plays by Luigi Pirandello, muted and equivocal.
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.
April 29, 2016
The film is a moody and lyrical contemplation of grief and the connections that can be found within the void of loss.
April 29, 2016
What Messina lacks in substance in his storytelling, he mostly makes up with raw feelings. We come to care through our own powers of observation, and that might be enough.
April 28, 2016
The performances are vivid and moving, but there is ultimately less to this well-made, impeccably acted film than meets the eye. Its meticulousness is to some degree a flaw, an evasion of nearly every variety of human messiness.
Top Critic
April 28, 2016
A visually powerful, impeccably acted mood piece.
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 ...
March 23, 2016
Messina has further developed his ability to deliver a stunning sensory experience, though the treatment feels inadequate for such lean material.
March 23, 2016
This is the kind of Catholic melodrama in which the conceit of having a mother mourn her son alone, and Jeanne, standing in for the faithful, eagerly awaits her beloved's return on Easter Sunday, is too beautiful to resist.