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L'attesa (2015)

Not Rated | | Drama | 29 April 2016 (USA)
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A mother unexpectedly meets her son's fiancée at a villa in Sicily and gets to know her as she waits for her son to arrive.

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Piero Messina
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Cast

Cast overview:
Juliette Binoche ... Anna Remigi
Lou de Laâge ... Jeanne
Giorgio Colangeli ... Pietro
Domenico Diele ... Giorgio
Antonio Folletto ... Paolo
Corinna Locastro ... Rosa (as Corinna Lo Castro)
Giovanni Anzaldo Giovanni Anzaldo ... Giuseppe Remigi
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A mother unexpectedly meets her son's fiancée at a villa in Sicily and gets to know her as she waits for her son to arrive.

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Drama

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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian | French

Release Date:

29 April 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

L'attesa See more »

Filming Locations:

Italy See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR3,200,850 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,686, 1 May 2016

Gross USA:

$55,804

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,010,766
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2.35 : 1
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Music by M. Levaie Brewer, Scott Cash Callaway
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This is an intelligent piece of cinema that will benefit from multiple viewing.
11 March 2016 | by mjfhhhSee all my reviews

Anna's house is in mourning. As the mirrors are covered and the doors a locked, an unexpected guest walks through the front door. It's Jeanne, the girlfriend of her son, who had arrived to spend the Easter with him and his family. Seeing the opportunity to take her mind of her sadness Anna embraces Jeanne with all hear heart. But as the days go by, and her son does not appear, will she be able to tell Jeanne the terrible truth?

Piero Messina – assistant director of the Italian Oscar winner Great Beauty, creates a movie full of symbolism. With every frame holding some sort of meaning, the film is beautiful and deep, like the Sicilian lake on the border of which the story takes place.

THE WAIT is quite a cinematic journey for a small film, which is basically focused on two performances. Playing with themes of resurrection, the movie unravels to us the picture of grief, and by the end it will stand before us, truly exposed, just like unveiled statue of Virgin Mary in the final scenes.

Juliette Binoche is a great performer and she has an interesting role here. Her Anna is deeply damaged but climbing to life, finding a relief in her son's girlfriend's visit. For young and charismatic Lou de Laage in the role of Jeanne this is a big step up from her previous roles of troubled teenagers and shows just how much she grew up as an actor.

Focusing on the developing friendship between the two very different women, the movie always balances on the edge, where a few words can end everything.

With its beautiful imaginary and haunting score, THE WAIT is still not an easy experience, but it has the charm of a dark fairy tale and quickly draws you in. This is an intelligent piece of cinema that will benefit from multiple viewing.


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