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Moody and in mourning, 'L'Attesa (The Wait)' explores depths of grief

Moody and in mourning, 'L'Attesa (The Wait)' explores depths of grief

A psychological connection forms between two women around an unspoken secret in "L'Attesa (The Wait)," the feature debut of director Piero Messina. Jeanne (Lou de Laâge), on a trip to visit her estranged boyfriend, Giuseppe, at his home in Italy, unknowingly wanders into an oppressively stifling atmosphere of grief, though no one is being quite truthful with her.

She waits for Giuseppe to arrive, even as his mother, Anna (Juliette Binoche), mourns someone — her brother, she claims. The untruths become a game of psychological cat and mouse between the women, with Jeanne leaving Giuseppe voicemails wondering where he is, and the women beginning to bond under...

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