The Waiting Room (2007)




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Two strangers find their chance meeting in a South London train station suddenly bringing together two entirely separate groups of friends, colleagues, lovers, and acquaintances in director Roger Goldby's tale of intersecting lives. Anna (Anne-Marie Duff) and Stephen (Rolf Little) were sitting in a deserted train platform when kindly senior citizen Roger (Frank Finlay) engaged them in conversation while eagerly awaiting the arrival of his beloved wife. As they listen to Roger fondly reminiscing about all of the things that he and his wife did when they were younger, Anna and Stephen realize that they have made a real connection and, if only for a moment, allow their individual lives to slip out of focus. Having recently separated from Toby (Adrian Bower), single mother Anna is now faced with the task of bringing up her young daughter Charlie all by herself. Anna's neighbors are married young parents Jem (Zoe Telford) and George (Rupert Graves). While Jem and Anna are close friends who share all of their secrets, the one thing that Anna hasn't let out is the fact that she has entered into a troublesome affair with George. Stephen, on the other hand, has recently moved in with Fiona (Christine Bottomly), who is so eager to start a family that even her parents are pressuring she and Stephen to get pregnant. But the more intense the pressure gets, the less certain Stephen becomes that he is prepared for such a commitment. It seems like the only peace Stephen can find these days is in his work at a local old folk's home and his friendship with understanding resident Helen (Phyllida Law). Later, after Stephen and Anna go their separate ways, their lives both move into a pivotal period as they find themselves wondering just what would happen should they ever meet again. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
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Ralf Little
as Stephen
Rupert Graves
as George
Lizzy McInnerny
as Fiona's Mother
Alan Corduner
as Fiona's Father
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Critic Reviews for The Waiting Room

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (1)

Offers mild, easy pleasures, even if it stalks emotional truths rather than pierces them.

Full Review… | June 4, 2008
Time Out
Top Critic

A genial but dullish romantic drama.

Full Review… | June 9, 2013
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

If you want a good, thought-provoking wallow in the happy/sad soup of life, this is a tear-jerking gem.

Full Review… | June 5, 2008

With its emphasis on love at first sight, the central romance is contrived, but the excellent cast do engage.

Full Review… | June 4, 2008
Empire Magazine

Instead of an exciting big-screen debut, this feels like a Cold Feet episode, written by a fan of Brief Encounter. Duff deserves a bigger challenge.

Full Review… | June 1, 2008
Total Film

Audience Reviews for The Waiting Room


Really slow, but sweet. Nice ending...

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

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In a movie like this, people usually miss the parent-child love stories. While it's not shown, Anna seems to realize that she has let her negative feelings about Toby disrupt the father-child bond. She rectifies that, just as she rectifies her betrayal of her friend, Jem. Meanwhile, George has gone off the rails, and that includes being an increasingly distant father and husband. That, too, is fixed. So, while the love-at-first-site story seems to be important, it is really not. The only thing that bothered me about the film was that the "hero" (Stephen) is unfair and distant to Fiona, and why should we feel that he will be any more understanding or communicative with Anna??

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