Title: The Wait (aka. L’attesa)
Directed by: Piero Messina
Written by: Giacomo Bendotti, Ilaria Macchia, Andrea Paolo Massara and Piero Messina
Based on the play by: Luigi Pirandello
Starring: Juliette Binoche, Giorgio Colangeli and Lou de Laâge
Release Date: 4/29/2016
Running Time: 100 minutes
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Amidst the large rooms of an old villa marked by time, Anna, emerging from a sudden bereavement, spends her days in solitude. The rugged and beautiful Sicilian countryside surrounds the house and isolates her while the fog, which is slowly climbing the slopes of Mount Etna, prevents the eye seeing any distance. Only the footsteps of Pietro, the handyman, break the silence. And all of a sudden Jeanne appears, a young woman who claims to be the girlfriend of Giuseppe, Anna’s son. He invited her to Sicily to spend a few days’ holiday together. Anna was unaware of Jeanne’s existence. And Giuseppe is not there. But his things are all there, in his room. Soon, very soon he will return, is what Anna says, unable to reveal a truth that for her cannot be spoken. The days pass, the two women slowly get to know each other, and together they begin to wait for Easter, when Giuseppe will finally come home, and a great traditional procession will be held in the village.
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