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L'attesa (The Wait)

Published in L
Friday, 01 July 2016 23:00
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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)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    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.)

  • SEX/NUDITY

    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.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

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

  • LANGUAGE

    Religious references.

  • THEMES

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

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    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.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    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.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

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