Waiting for Happiness

2002, Drama, 1h 35m

18 Reviews 250+ Ratings

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Before immigrating to the West, Abdallah (Mohamed Mahmoud Ould Mohamed) travels to the coastal city of Nouadhibou, Mauritania, to visit his mother. Although he grew up there, Abdallah feels anything but at home in his old neighborhood: He can no longer speak the local dialect, and he wears western clothes that immediately cast him as an outsider. But, as Abdallah spends time with a young boy and an elderly electrician, he can't help but feel a sense of loss for the life he's abandoning.

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Critic Reviews for Waiting for Happiness

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Audience Reviews for Waiting for Happiness

  • Nov 07, 2013
    This African film is boring by design, as it reflects a community trapped by borders both physical and psychological. Like the characters, it lacks a clear goal or much kineticism, but it is nonetheless a well-made depiction of human beings in stasis.
    Sam B Super Reviewer
  • Nov 01, 2010
    An interesting movie that centralizes on a small village where certain individuals are dealing with various emotions: loneliness, unhappiness, and the need to belong. A college student returns home, and feels like an outcast. A mother hopes that her only son will want to settle, and feel comfortable at home. A young boy seeks to learn the trade of his mentor. An individual missing the companionship of an old friend who left years before. Cast- Mohamed Mahmoud Ould Mohamed, Khatra Ould Abdel Kader, Maata Ould Mohamed Abeid, and Nana Diakité. Worthy!
    Leo L Super Reviewer
  • Feb 11, 2008
    "Maybe waiting is actually happiness"
    Arash X Super Reviewer

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