L'attesa

L'attesa

DVD - 2016 | Italian
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A mother gets to know her son's fiancée at a villa in Sicily as she waits for her son to arrive.
Publisher: New York : Oscilloscope Laboratories, 2016.
Branch Call Number: Italian DVD FIC Attes
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (110 min.) : digital, sound, colour ; 12 cm
Language Note: In French and Italian with English subtitles.
Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

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kdrabek
Sep 10, 2018

Be prepared for long moments of silence and individual characters alone on screen. Early on I wondered if I had lost the sound on my dvd player. Juliette's character is at times shown like a grieving Mary. And she measures up in an amazing performance. The director thinks Juliette's character has created an illusion as a means of surviving her pain but her unwillingness to reveal the truth does make the audience impatient at times. Sicily is not made particularly magical in this movie and its attachment to old, superstitious practices is evident.

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voisjoe1_0
Mar 18, 2018

The film starts out with a funeral, most likely on Good Friday, setting the tone that this film is not going to an action film, but something quite mournful. The happy go lucky Sarah comes to see her beloved fiancé Giuseppe, but is forced "To Wait" for his arrival and during the wait ("L'attesa") she gets to discuss Giuseppe's relationship to mother and fiancée. A very sad film that is somewhat obscure to the American audience if they know little about the meanings of the pre-Easter "ghost" procession (not KKK) and the fact that this procession would be the last for the dying Pope John-Paul.

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nidus
Oct 25, 2016

This is of some interest due to the director's willingness to go over the top with quiet, meaningful cinematography with no obligation to convey meaning or denouement. The casting is great.

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MrSwifty
Oct 12, 2016

The acting and production are five stars. Plot is one star.
One hundred minutes of waiting for pointless lies to be cleared up.

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maipenrai
Sep 06, 2016

I love Juliette Binoche. She certainly does wonderful work portraying a devastated woman in this film. Ms. Binoche does more with her face than many actors can accomplish with pages of lines. The film, however, telegraphs the "secret" in the first scenes and then goes on to pretend that the viewer is confused about the truth. There seems to be little logic in Ms. Binoche's cruelty unless, in extreme pain, she hopes that if one person believes a lie, it might make it true. The cinematography is often as dark as the emotions. If you are as much of a fan of Juliette Binoche as I am, you may want to see this film to watch her exquisite acting. I cannot, however, recommend the film. Kristi & Abby Tabby

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