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The Wait (L'attesa) Reviews

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February 21, 2016
L'attesa evokes feelings associated with bereavement effectively but has nothing substantial to add to the whole psychology of loss.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
March 23, 2016
The Wait's screenplay by the director, Giacomo Bendotti, Iliaria Macchia and Andrea Paolo Massara (a loose adaptation of a Pirandello play) is too unsubstantial and ultimately a little silly.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
April 26, 2016
Messina doesn't aim for straight realism, soaking his stylized film in slow motion and religious iconography. But the human behavior on display is hard to credit regardless.
April 25, 2016
It's bedecked with religious themes and iconography that add up to little more than gorgeous window-dressing.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
April 28, 2016
L'Attesa makes its audience wait but without enough of a reason for them to want to.
June 24, 2016
The film is well crafted and consummately acted, but it's all pretty hollow.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
June 29, 2016
The Wait is a wilfully enigmatic drama so concerned with covering its tracks that it sometimes forgets which way is forward.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
April 28, 2016
What should be the movie's emotional core gets frittered away in mind games.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
July 1, 2016
The Wait is a wait, largely for anything to happen, or to clarify or resolve. In the meantime, Messina, himself Sicilian, offers us various forms of beauty and a touch of madness, set in a large, dark, empty Sicilian villa.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 27, 2016
[Binoche] somehow makes even her long stretches of silence ring clamorously; her minimalist gestures are always maximized and engorged. Binoche's hushed histrionics, though, are of a piece with the fruity portentousness of L'Attesa ...
April 29, 2016
Despite its intimacy, the film doesn't generate much emotional resonance.
August 2, 2019
L'attesa (The Wait) is 35-year-old Piero Messina's first feature film as director, and the young Italian shows a capable hand at visual storytelling.
August 29, 2016
Visually splendid but its drama leaves you indifferent. [Full review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 12, 2016
Breathtaking. [Full review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
June 23, 2016
Piero Messina keeps his simple story, loosely based on two plays by Luigi Pirandello, muted and equivocal.
April 29, 2016
The film is a moody and lyrical contemplation of grief and the connections that can be found within the void of loss.
July 4, 2016
The result is a film whose narrative minimalism may frustrate, but whose core performances and visual majesty convey all that's left unsaid.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 12, 2016
The lead actresses, like the story, work in subtle ways. There's plenty of potency in small gestures, anecdotes and shared glances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 8, 2016
A good deal of the pleasure to be derived from The Wait comes from watching two strong actresses at different stages of their careers bounce off the other.
June 3, 2016
Messina directs the melancholic story with artful delicacy, turning sorrow and pity into something sublime, right down to the heartbreaking final shot.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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