L'attesa (The Wait) Saturday, 11 July 2020

L'attesa (The Wait)

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Mature themes and brief nudity.

  • The pitch:

    Good grief.

  • Starring:

    Juliette Binoche, Giorgio Colangeli, Lou de Laâge, Domenico Diele, Antonio Folletto, Corinna Locastro

  • Directed by:

    Piero Messina

  • Running time:

    100 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 12A (UK), NR (USA)


    Loud hammering. (Note: White hooded figures appear in an Easter White Parade. This is a tradition honouring Semana Santa and not a reference to the Ku Klux Klan.)


    Flirting. Women in underwear (breasts visible), swimwear, nightwear, towels. Nude male statue (genitals visible), shirtless male, cleavage, man in bath. Infidelity, cheating husband, making love, boyfriends (m-m), picking up girls mentioned.


    Alcohol (wine). Smoking. Youths share a cigarette (likely marijuana).


    Religious references.


    Grief, denial, loss, truth, faith, Easter, mother-son relationships, death of a loved one.


    Dead son/boyfriend. Dead brother, women dying in childbirth, divorce, dissolving relationship mentioned. Funeral, church, airport settings. Helicopter, fly. Preparing rabbit. Urination. Italian language (subtitles).  Inspired by the play La vita che ti diedi (The Life I Gave You) by Luigi Pirandello.


    Somber, sorrowful, personal, raw, watchable, intriguing, profound, dolorous, emotional, atmospheric, ambiguous, cinematic, eerie, psychological, stunning, sensory, moody, lyrical, artful, abstract. Elegant/beautiful/lovely/dazzling/gorgeous compositions, impeccable/vivid/moving performances, impressive opening shot, bewitching use of space/time/sound, evocative Sicilian setting, powerful wordless moments, impressive directorial debut.


    Nonsensical. Blatant symbolism, thin narrative, too perfect/meticulous perhaps.

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