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L'Attesa Review - AVClub

AVClub: The trailer for L’Attesa, an Italian drama starring Juliette Binoche, constitutes a masterful exercise in obfuscation. Half the length of an average trailer (at just one minute and 15 seconds), it reveals almost nothing about the film’s narrative, merely showcasing random images set to a Widowspeak tune. Brief, subtitled dialogue reveals that a young woman (played by Breathe’s Lou De Laâge) is waiting for her boyfriend (the film’s title translates as The Wait), that she’s staying with her boyfriend’s mother (Binoche) while she waits, and that Mom is apparently lying to her, but that’s all we get. It’s a canny strategy—partly because most trailers give far too much away, but mostly because L’Attesa’s plot is too ridiculous to withstand even trailer-length scrutiny. The only way to enjoy this movie is to concentrate on its frequently stunning compositions and ignore the fact that none of it makes even a tiny lick of sense.

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