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The Waiting City

  • Rated R

independent, special interest

After married couple Ben (Joel Edgerton) and Fiona (Radha Mitchell) journey to Calcutta to pick up their adopted baby, the intoxicating power of the chaotic city pulls them apart.

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- Alissa Simon, Variety, Thursday, February 23, 2012

Fresh: The Waiting City deals with themes of spiritualism, motherhood and the issue of international adoption, but is ultimately a film about intimate relationships and the stuff that binds them when all else falls away.

- Anna Harrison, Concrete Playground, Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Fresh: Driven by a tremendously honest script and beautiful lead performances, this film marks a major achievement and challenges its audience to consider its themes deeply.

- Annette Basile, FILMINK (Australia), Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Audience Reviews

1 star

I might've found this movie more exotic were I not Asian. The whole mystical life-waiting-death thing seemed utterly dismal and pointless.

- catlyst, Tuesday, July 16, 2013

3 stars

This movie was very endearing and sad. I am not so happy with the ending, but it really leaves you hoping for the best for this couple.

- Hamee, Monday, June 13, 2011

2 stars

And us, The Waiting Audience. A lot of nothing happens storywise from the time an Australian couple arrives in India to claim the child they adopted. As delays occur, the couple begins to doubt their commitment to a family and to each other. The one good reason to watch this is to get a very good sense of modern life in India, filmed entirely on location in & around Calcutta. Dizzying street activity and peculiar (to Western eyes) ceremonies are fascinating to watch, including a wedding and a funeral in which the dead body is sent downriver on a raft - the same river people bathe and wash clothes in. Ick. With one of the most populous countries in the world, I'm afraid there is too much proximity for this traveler. I guess another reason to watch is why I did, because it stars Radha Mitchell. She won Best Actress at the Antipodes Film Festival in St. Tropez for this role; she's good as a work-obsessed lawyer, but really nothing out of the ordinary from her usual strong work. Her name Radha-Rani derives from Indian culture as her model mother was enamored with the country during the 1960s, so I imagine Radha had great interest in experiencing the country for herself. That's a great opportunity for her but not a reason for you to watch.

- DrStrangeblog, Tuesday, December 6, 2011