The Wait (2015 film)

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The Wait
L'attesa poster.jpg
Film poster
Directed by Piero Messina
Produced by Carlotta Calori
Francesca Cima
Nicola Giuliano
Screenplay by Giacomo Bendotti
Ilaria Macchia
Andrea Paolo Massara
Piero Messina
Based on the play La vita che ti diedi
by Luigi Pirandello
Starring Juliette Binoche
Lou de Laâge
Giorgio Colangeli
Music by Piero Messina
Alma Napolitano
Marco Mangani
Cinematography Francesco Di Giacomo
Edited by Paola Freddi
Distributed by Medusa Film (Italy)
Bellissima Films (France)
Release date
  • 5 September 2015 (2015-09-05) (Venice)
  • 17 September 2015 (2015-09-17) (Italy)
  • 16 December 2015 (2015-12-16) (France)
Running time
100 minutes
Country Italy
France
Language Italian
French

The Wait (Italian: L'attesa) is a 2015 Italian drama film directed by Piero Messina and starring Juliette Binoche. The film is loosely based on two works by Luigi Pirandello. It was screened in the main competition section of the 72nd Venice International Film Festival.[1][2]

Synopsis[edit]

A Sicilian mother's son dies unexpectedly, just before his girlfriend comes to visit for the Easter holiday. The grief-stricken mother cannot bring herself to tell the young woman, and the film is about their interaction over a few days.

Cast[edit]

Juliette Binoche, Lou de Laâge and Festival director Alberto Barbera at the film première during the 72nd Venice International Film Festival in 2015

Production[edit]

The film was inspired by a story Piero Messina heard from a friend, about a father who had lost his son, and when the father refused to talk about it, people around him began to act as if it had never happened. While writing the screenplay, Messina was recommended two works by Luigi Pirandello, the tragedy The Life I Gave You (La vita che ti diedi) and the short story "La camera in attesa", and used those to tie the story together. Production was led by Indigo Film in collaboration with Barbary Films and Pathé. Juliette Binoche was cast early on, while Lou de Laâge was found late in the casting process through an audition.[3]

Reception[edit]

Peter Debruge of Variety wrote:

A clear disciple of Italian master Paolo Sorrentino, the film-school-trained Messina served as assistant director on The Great Beauty, and he adopts many of his mentor's stylistic predilections on his first feature.[4]

Debruge continued:

Watching The Wait, there can be little doubt that this first-time helmer has the potential to become one of Italy's most prominent new voices (the signs were there as early as his Cannes-selected 2011 student film, Terra, another abstractly stylized exercise in psychological identification featuring Colangeli). From Sorrentino, Messina has further developed his ability to deliver a stunning sensory experience, though the treatment feels inadequate for such lean material. If anything, his aesthetic choices are too impressive, calling attention to themselves, rather than discreetly enabling the appropriate emotional reaction.[4]

Mick LaSalle (San Francisco Chronicle) praised the 2 leads, saying of Juliette Binoche, "If you want to see great acting — or more to the point, if you want to see an illustration of the human soul’s complexity — watch Juliette Binoche in this film" and adding of Lou de Laâge, she "has the poise, intelligence and precision to match Binoche."[5] A. O. Scott of The New York Times commented, "It's a pleasure to watch Ms. Binoche and Ms. de Laâge onscreen together. And there are scenes of each of them alone that are piercing and lovely."[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Venice Film Festival: Lido Lineup Builds Awards Season Buzz – Full List". Deadline. Retrieved 29 July 2015.
  2. ^ "Venice Fest Reveals Robust Lineup Featuring Hollywood Stars and International Auteurs". Variety. Retrieved 29 July 2015.
  3. ^ De Marco, Camillo (7 September 2015). "Piero Messina • Director". Cineuropa. Retrieved 11 September 2015.
  4. ^ a b Debruge, Peter (5 September 2015). "Venice Film Review: The Wait". Variety. Retrieved 11 September 2015.
  5. ^ "Binoche gives a great performance in 'L'Attesa'". SFGate. Retrieved 10 June 2016.
  6. ^ Scott, A. O. (28 April 2016). "Review: 'L'Attesa' ('The Wait') Turns Life Into a Ghost Story". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 10 June 2016.

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